Norris Infill Smoothing Plane - No. 51

norris 51 infill plane
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Norris 51 Plane Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Norris

Plane Type: Infill

Model No: 51


The Norris 51 plane is a 7 1/2 inch long infill smoothing plane.

The Norris 51 is fitted with a Norris of London parallel iron plane blade, cap iron, iron screw cap and a blade adjuster

The plane body on the 51 is referred to as a parallel side body.

The plane is stuffed with wooden infills which consist of a front bun and a closed rear handle.

norris plane 51

The rear handle has the blade adjuster neatly built into a suitably sized recess allowing the handle to remain as a closed handle.

The blade adjuster allows the blade to be accurately adjusted laterally and moved upwards and downwards to set the depth of cut.

This plane usually has quite a deep mouth to cater for the thick Norris cutter.

The Norris planes were the 'Rolls Royce' of their day and are still considered in high esteem today.

There was a Norris 51 M plane which is almost the same as the Norris 51 with the difference being the 51 M being made from malleable iron.

norris plane 51

Norris A51 or Norris 51?

As I understand it, there is a Norris 51 plane and a Norris 51M but not a Norris A51 as such, or should I say not a plane advertised as a Norris A51.

The 51 and 51M planes are often classed as a Norris A51 due to both the 51 and 51M plane having a blade adjuster like the blade adjuster on the Norris A5's and Norris A6's.

The Norris planes with 'A' in the model number = 'adjustable' so in theory it would follow that the 51 and 51M are A51 and A51M planes.

Please somebody correct me if this is wrong.

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