Dual Angle Bench Plane
The HP-12 DUAL ANGLE BENCH PLANE, designed by John Economaki, founder of Bridge City Tool Works, is unlike any other smoother—past or present. This lightweight plane is one of the most versatile and usable planes and may be the only bench plane you’ll ever need!
Unique blade locking mechanism
Unique blade locking mechanism integrated into the body. Easy to use sculpted “D” lever (the entire blade retention mechanism swings out of the way to facilitate iron removal). Easily cant the iron in minute increments.
Adjustable mouth made from 304 Stainless Steel. The iron is engaged to the depth adjustor via a pin nut attached to a 0.5mm thread pitch lead screw. One full revolution of the lead screw increases the depth of cut by 0.1mm (0.004”).
Dual ground irons
Two irons are included for a total of four distinctly different grind angles. When bedded, the non-business edge is protected with an aluminum blade guard which is mandatory when sharpening to avoid injury. The guard attaches to the iron with rare earth magnets. The robust irons (0.225”/5.7 mm thick) are a full two inches wide (50.8 mm) and hardened to Rc 60-62 from A2 tool steel. They are lapped to a mirror finish—no flattening required. A Scrub grind is included and designed to be used for quick cross grain flattening of wavy or difficult grained stock.
Ability to Add Depth Skids
The single distinguishing feature of the HP-12 over any other plane made today is the ability to add depth skids; essentially turning your plane into a 2” thickness planer. Ideal for box makers, for making louvers, models, musical instrument makers, inlay strips…etc. The skids feature rounded soles which not only reduce friction but allow you to set them at different depths for creating accurate tapered stock (louvers) without having to sand. To set the skids, you can use shop made shims or, as is our preference, pin gages.It is entirely possible, and easy, to make multiple components with a thickness that does not vary more than 0.003”!