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Silverline 508824 Hand Plane No. 5 50 x 2mm Blade Special

Silverline 508824 Hand Plane No. 5 50 x 2mm Blade

  • Cast iron body with rosewood handles secured by 2 brass screws
  • Milled sides, brass adjusting screw and heavy duty 2mm blade
  • Blade width 50mm

Cast iron body with rosewood handles secured by 2 brass screws. Milled sides, brass adjusting screw and heavy duty 2mm blade. Blade width 50mm.

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Silverline 508824 Hand Plane No. 5 50 x 2mm Blade

List Price: £27.07 Current Price: £16.87

One Response to Silverline 508824 Hand Plane No. 5 50 x 2mm Blade Special

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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not the greatest plane in the world, but for under £7? You’ve got to be joking…, 17 April 2007
    R. Baines (West Yorkshire, UK) –

    This review is from: Silverline 508824 Hand Plane No. 5 50 x 2mm Blade (DIY & Tools)
    Well my £6.74 No.5 plane arrived today (ordered it from Amazon yesterday lunchtime, so quite quickly)…

    …so here’s my findings. Upon inspection the sole and sides seem to be very flat (flat enough for accurate work), which is great since I wasn’t sure they would be – some cheaper plane manufacturers don’t seem to have a grasp on the principles of how a plane works. The Rosewood handles look great, slightly lighter in colour than the above photo. In comparison to my 1950’s Stanleys, they feel slightly thinner, and a bit less comfy, but then again they still need to be broken in I guess. The brass fixings are a nice touch and all look fine, the only change I’d make is in that the front knob screw has a dome head instead of flat, which makes it a little less comfortable when holding the plane – I might grind it flat, not really decided yet.

    The only structural aspect that I didn’t really like about the plane is that it uses a frog adjuster that’s a bit more basic than the Bailey design, instead of the frog having a fork at the bottom that the adjustment screw moves, the frog has a groove in it on it’s sole and a circular insert is pushed by the screw. The brass adjusting wheel also lies a bit closer to the base, making it harder to get a screwdriver in there. I can’t see why it wouldn’t work properly, I’m just not as fond of it as I am the original Bailey or Bedrock designs.

    The blade is a bit hit and miss to be honest, there were aspects that I like and those that I don’t. 2mm thickness as expected, and nothing different from the Stanley usual from a design standpoint. The iron comes ground at the proper 25 degree angle which is handy for a beginner who doesn’t fancy having to regrind it down from 30 degrees or doesn’t have the tools, and is just about ground square to the sides of the iron. There was a small nick in the edge of the blade when I got it, possibly due to the fact it was extended very far out of the mouth when I got it out of the box. I didn’t bother grinding it out though, I went straight to sharpening and honed the blade with various grits of Japanese Waterstones up to 6000 grit. The blade sharpened fairly quickly, and doesn’t hold a very fine edge – certainly not razor sharp like a laminated Japanese blade. I’ve not had chance to try it for edge retention, although I’m not expecting much. Having said this, it should be suitable to make curly shavings, and while I wouldn’t bank on it for very accurate work, as a Jack plane for heavy stock removal it should do it’s job well and without that much difficulty. I’ve got a 2″ Stanley blade that I won on ebay the other night for under £3 total coming this week, so after popping that in there it should perform fine.

    Holding the plane, it feels a bit lighter than you’d expect for a No.5, but the base still feels fairly solid. There’s enough mass there to keep the plane in adequate motion while working. It’s not a tool built to last 100 years like an old Stanley, but I expect it should last at least 15 and for £6 that’s a bargain – by then a serious woodworker should have upgraded to a more high quality plane anyway. Planing with it using a well honed blade pulled out of my Stanley No.4 is fine, nothing special but it does the job – certainly no reasons to complain anyway. I’m not sure what they were thinking when they set this plane up at the factory, but the blade was protruding at least 6mm below the mouth with the frog set to give a huge gaping gap between the blade and front edge of the mouth. Jack planes are used for removing thicker shavings, but that’s rediculous – I’ve got visions in my head of some poor sod thinking he can use a plane just like any power tool, buying one and slamming that blade into a piece of figured Sycamore!

    Overall, I’d say this plane is a great buy for the money, and while you’d need to replace the blade for serious accurate work, for just over £6 it’s an absolute steal and well worth getting if you’ve got a few quid lying around and need a certain size plane for a job.


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