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Bench Dog No. 4 and 60-1/2 Hand Planes


Includes a No. 4 smoother for surface finishing and final smoothing, plus a low-angle block plane for trimming end grain and edge grain.
Item #
64820
Rating:
60% of 100

Bench Dog's No. 4 smoother takes the thinnest of shavings for an exceptionally fine finish. Used skillfully, it can be the final step before finishing, and it also makes a good general-purpose plane or first plane for your collection. The block plane features an acute bedding angle and finely adjustable mouth opening—ideal for adjusting miters, joinery and fitting doors and drawers. The frog and base are a sturdy one-piece casting. Both planes have blades machined from thick 1/8'' steel for minimal chatter, and are precision ground for flatness. The fine grain castings are on par with many top-of-the-line planes. Each plane includes a case, sock and a Certificate of Inspection with measurements specific to your plane for sole flatness and blade hardness.

Features:

  • No. 4 smoother is ideal for surface finishing and final smoothing
  • Block plane is ideal for trimming and adjusting miters, joinery and fitting doors and drawers
  • Easy depth-of-cut adjustment and lateral blade adjustment
  • Solid brass cap iron and threaded fittings for smooth action
  • Ductile cast iron body for superior strength and resistance to impact
  • Sole of plane and back of blade are flat to tight tolerances
  • Blade and sole are treated with a protective layer of oil
  • Certificate of Inspection included for each tool
  • Minimal setup and tuning required before use

No. 4 Smoothing Plane
(1) Bench Dog® Tools No. 4 Smoothing Plane
(1) Plane sock
(1) Black storage case
(1) Certificate of Inspection
(1) Owner's manual

No. 60-1/2 Block Plane
(1) Bench Dog® Tools No. 60-1/2 Block Plane
(1) Plane sock
(1) Black storage case
(1) Certificate of Inspection
(1) Owner's manual

More Information
Brand Bench Dog
Manufacturer Part Number
Weight 7.9500
Tech Spec

No. 4 Smooth Plane:

  • Plane Model: No. 4 Smooth Plane
  • Plane Weight: 4.18 pounds
  • Sole Flatness: 0.002'' to 0.004'' tolerance
  • Sole Length: 10''
  • Sole Width: 2-1/2''
  • Blade Width: 2''
  • Blade Thickness: About 1/8''
  • Blade Bevel Angle: 25°
  • Blade Bevel Up/Down: Down
  • Blade Hardness: 55-60 HRC
  • Frog/Blade Seat Angle: 45°
  • Tote and Knob Material: Sapele
  • Body Material: Cast iron
  • Blade Material: Hardened carbon steel
  • Lever Cap Material: Brass

No. 60-1/2 Block Plane:

  • Plane Model: No. 60-1/2 Block Plane
  • Plane Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Sole Flatness: 0.002'' to 0.004'' tolerance
  • Sole Length: 6-1/4''
  • Sole Width: 1-5/8''
  • Blade Width: 1-3/8''
  • Blade Thickness: About 1/8''
  • Blade Bevel Angle: 25°
  • Blade Bevel Up/Down: Up
  • Blade Hardness: 55-60 HRC
  • Frog/Blade Seat Angle: 15°
  • Handle Material: Brass
  • Body Material: Cast iron
  • Blade Material: Hardened carbon steel
  • Lever Cap Material: Brass
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No.4 and 60-1/2 hand planes
I am new to hand planes and hand tools in general, so my opinion is that of a novice. First impressions of these two planes is that they are well packaged and have a nice professional presentation. The reference sheet regarding the flatness of the sole is a reassuring feeling that you bought a good product, and after putting both planes on my cast iron table saw to check for flatness as well as putting a machinist square on the sole to check for flatness I was pretty convinced.
Honing the blade took about an hour a piece on the Worksharp 3000, but after that I was getting some amazing shavings which was really satisfying! The adjustments on the No.4 are pretty standard but I have to admit that having watched videos for a Stanley No.4 it looks like the blade depth adjustment knob is a little easier to reach then it is on the Bench Dog, and I have large hands.
Over both planes all really comfortable and have been a blast to use, and as I mentioned before,getting a smooth clean shaving while using one of these planes is one of the most satisfying feelings ever! I am sure that Veritas and Lie Nielsen planes are better, be it the steel or the over all feel of the plane, but as a novice woodworker I could not be happier for the price that I got these two planes for, and will probably purchase some other Bench Dog planes in the near future.
January 15, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Disappointing customer service and poor expectations for their own product
Man, I am BEYOND disappointed with Rockler on this one, and especially with their customer service at the Pasadena store.

My girlfriend bought me these lovely planes as a Christmas present for me. Before I got these, all I had was a terrible block plane that made me not want to plane anything because keeping it in adjustment was a nightmare. I was thrilled to get these and took them out to the workshop as soon as I had some spare time to give them some trial runs. Before I could get the #4 adjusted, there was some sawdust building up in the mouth, so I lightly shook it by the rear handle to clear it. I didn’t tap it on anything (because that would be stupid) or abuse it in any way, but as I was shaking it (again, lightly) the back part of the rear handle lifted away from the iron. There’s a large screw that holds the handle onto the iron, so I tried tightening it only to find out it was already fully tightened.

That’s ok, no big deal, I understand these things happen, but I wasn’t going to keep a plane with a problem that will definitely get worse over time until it becomes unusable, so I asked my girlfriend to take it back to exchange it. Rockler is on her way to work, but for me it’s at least a 30 minute drive each way out of my way. I thought the staff would be understanding and offer her a replacement immediately.

NOPE. They tried to convince her that the problem (of the handle coming half-off of the plane iron) wouldn’t affect its use, saying something like “you don’t plane sideways”??? Whatever that means. Do you hold a plane by the handle? Because I do. Maybe I’ve been using improper technique by holding the plane by the handles. I’ll try using the force on it next time.

Because she’s awesome and not going to accept someone’s garbage explanation for shoddy craftsmanship, she pushed back and said she would still like a replacement. So finally someone pulled another one off the shelf and gave it to her. Still no big deal at this point. If she had brought it home and there hadn’t been anything wrong with it, I would’ve continued to be a loyal Rockler customer. Unfortunately, when she brought it home, I immediately noticed there were two large chips in the black coated part of the iron lip by one of the frogs. Also, I remember the first one being wrapped in plastic, and this one wasn’t. I’m pretty sure someone purchased this previously, took it out of the plastic, immediately dropped it, saw the damaged, and returned it hoping no one would notice. If this was the first plane, if there hadn’t been a prior issue, if I had unwrapped her Christmas present this way, I might’ve just sucked it up. But after the staff already gave her a hard time about returning something that CLEARLY had a major flaw, I was over it. I asked her to try to return that one for a NEW one, and if that wasn’t possible, to just return them both and be done with it. She took it back to the store and they said they didn’t have any more in stock. They also said that it clearly wasn’t used because it still had the packing grease on it (I guess when the first customer dropped it, it didn’t knock all the grease off). And, this one really blows my mind, they said that maybe this wasn’t the product for me because I was expecting a level of perfection I wasn’t going to get out of a $200 plane.

Really, Rockler? You have that little faith in your products that a customer can’t expect to purchase something with a handle that’s fully attached and that doesn’t have large chips taken out of it? I never expected a Lie Nielsen. I expected an undamaged and functional plane. Shame on you. You try to market this attitude like you’re every woodworker’s best buddy. You’re there for them, and your products and advice are there to improve their craft. Instead, you bully someone who has almost no knowledge of woodworking, who’s trying to simply buy a nice gift for a significant other. Well, shame on me too, because for awhile, I bought it. Never again, I promise.
January 23, 2020
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Response from Rockler
James, please accept my sincere apology for the lack of responsiveness to the problems you experienced with the Bench Dog planes you purchased. With your permission, I would like to have a member of our Retail Management team contact you to address the interactions with our store staff and assure you of our commitment to your satisfaction.
January 31, 2020
David
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This is a Father's day present for my husband.
Sandra R on Jun 3, 2019
I needed them for my shop. I am new to woodworking and needed to get some affordable planes.
Jeremy S on Mar 9, 2019
This is a Father's day present for my husband.
Sandra R on Jun 3, 2019
Needed a new plane for my beginning workshop and the combination was irresistible.
Martin C on Mar 21, 2019
I needed them for my shop. I am new to woodworking and needed to get some affordable planes.
Jeremy S on Mar 9, 2019
Came with free $100 gift card I could use to buy a nice diamond sharpening stone. Just made sense.
Jonathan M on Dec 22, 2018
Needed a new plane for my beginning workshop and the combination was irresistible.
Martin C on Mar 21, 2019
Came with free $100 gift card I could use to buy a nice diamond sharpening stone. Just made sense.
Jonathan M on Dec 22, 2018
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