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XSNo. 4  Smoothing

Model shown in Kingwood with bronze lever cap & screw

Meet the XSNo. 4

This was the first ‘new’ plane I designed – this size didn’t exist, and while it is not a wild departure design wise, its success is what gave me the courage to continue to explore plane design, and ultimately, led to the K13. 


I have a complicated friendship with block planes. I love their small nimble size, but I found my hands would get a little cramped trying to grip such a squat plane. So I set out to make a small, bevel down smoother. The extra height in the rear infill helps fill out your hand and gives good reference for holding the plane aplomb and square to the work. I suspect I have made more XSNo.4’s than any other model - a fantastic little plane.

See different material configurations in the gallery


5-1/2" sole

1-9/16" wide, high carbon steel blade

52-1/2˚ bed angle

01 tool steel or bronze sides

stainless steel or bronze lever cap & screw

dovetail construction

Starts at $2,250.00 CDN

+ actual shipping costs

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