Canadian Woodworking

Bridge City Tool Works HP-8 Block Plane

Sponsored: The Bridge City Tool Works HP-8 block plane can do everything that other small, low angle block planes with adjustable mouths can do, however, a unique capability of this mini block plane is the ability to thickness plane small stock to very tight tolerances, which is useful for small-scale work including Kumiko lattice-work. The plane body is about 4.2″ (107 mm) long and 1.3″ (33 mm) wide and is milled from solid aluminum. The depth skids are also made from anodized aluminum. The iron is 1.05″ (26.8 mm) wide, 0.1″ (2.5 mm) thick and is made from A2 tool steel that has been hardened to 60-62 Rc. The back of the iron has been optically lapped, so further flattening is not required. It’s available from Canadian distributor Northwest Passage Tools. For further information, visit

Bridge City Tool Works HP-8 Block Plane

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