This woodworking journey, while trying to develop my woodworking knowledge and skills, will also allow me to develop a decent set of tools. My tool collection at the moment is limited at best.

Because of this, I will be aiming to allocate a small budget each month to buying tools; I guess this will be around £50.

In developing my tool-kit, I’ll be aiming to highlight any significant additions that are made and post a small feature on the tool. This will keep you guys informed as to what tools I have at my disposal as well as “forcing” me to learn about the tool enough to actually be able to write about it.

So, without further ado…


Rider No 9½ Block Plane

Rider No. 9 1/2, Straight out of the box

Rider No. 9 1/2, Straight out of the box

My Wife bought me this block plane as a gift as she knows that I have been “eyeing it up” for a few weeks. She bought it from Axminster Tools for around £32.00.

Straight off the bat I have to say that I am really impressed with this plane. The build quality is excellent (in my mind) and the tool feels how you expect a decent quality tool to feel. I checked the sole for being square and it is spot on. A good start.

Another feature that I like is the adjustable mouth of the plane so that it can be adjusted to suit both Hard and Soft woods. The mouth is adjusted by lever mechanism that can be locked using a locking screw, This screw also doubles up as the finger rest,

Block Plane Sole and Adjustable Mouth

Block Plane Sole and Adjustable Mouth

The plane iron on the block plane is also relatively thick. Especially when compared with other block planes on the market. This I see as a positive as it will add to the longevity of the plane as well as (I think) giving more scope for altering the cutting angle of the blade.

Side Profile showing Plane Iron and Lever Cap

Side Profile showing Plane Iron and Lever Cap

I also LOVE the way this plane looks, with the brass fittings and lever cap; it really looks like a vintage tool but with a modern twist. I have yet to fully sharpen the iron yet, it seems adequately sharp straight out of the box, but is not as razor sharp as I know a decent woodworker would like it to be.

Once I have sharpened the iron and put the plane to good use I will let you guys know how I get on.

One final comment is that even for a complete novice, the plane is very easy to disassemble and reassemble. Maybe this is generally the case, or maybe it is due to decent design, but for someone who has always been hesitant to start taking tools apart (for fear of causing them damage) this tool is very intuitive and leaves me with nothing but positive things to say. Great Value in my eyes!

The Disassembled Plane

The Disassembled Plane

As a final note, I will be posting more images on the Shavings and Awl Facebook Page. This blog will give highlight images, but if you ever want to see more than those posted here, just head over to Facebook and take a look.

Thank you for reading.


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