Wooden planes offer flexibility that is unmatched by metal planes. Using the same construction, a plane can easily be made long or short, wide or narrow, or radiused across the width or the length of the sole.
In this article, Jacque Breau shows you how to build a bevel-up high-angle plane in an afternoon. The main advantage of this bevel-up plane comes from the high cutting angle and tight mouth, which can cut difficult grain without tearing out. Changing the bevel angle on the iron changes the cutting angle making this plane adaptable. The lack of a cap iron makes taking the plane apart faster and easier, hopefully leading to more frequent sharpening.