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Remove the thinnest of shavings with this premium smooth plane—slightly wider and heavier than the No. 4 for more heft.

Bench DogĀ® Tools No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane

Item #
50258
Rating:
80% of 100
Bench Dog® Tools No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane Bench Dog® Tools No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane Introduction to Hand Planes | Woodworking Tools
Bench Dog® Tools No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane

Bench Dog's No. 4-1/2 smoother takes the thinnest of shavings for an exceptionally fine finish. When compared to the smaller No. 4, this plane has a heftier feel, ideal for challenging grain. Its blade is also 3/8'' wider than the No. 4, which works well for edge planing thick lumber. Used skillfully, it can be the final step before finishing, and it also makes a good general-purpose plane. Quality materials, precision machining and solid construction result in a hand plane that's an absolute pleasure to use. The sole is precision ground flat. The blade is made from thick 1/8'' hardened carbon steel for reduced chatter and excellent edge retention. Solid sapele is used for the comfortable tote and knob, adding a touch of elegance. Each plane includes a case, sock, manual and a Certificate of Inspection with measurements specific to your plane for sole flatness and blade hardness.

Features:

  • Ideal for surface finishing and final smoothing
  • Ductile cast iron body for superior strength and resistance to impact
  • Adjustable frog lets you narrow the blade opening for fine shavings
  • Easy depth-of-cut adjustment and lateral blade adjustment
  • Solid brass cap iron and threaded fittings for smooth action
  • 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

(1) Bench Dog® Tools No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
(1) Plane sock
(1) Black storage case
(1) Certificate of Inspection
(1) Owner's manual

More Information
Brand Bench Dog
Manufacturer Part Number 250060
Weight 7.1000
Tech Spec
  • Plane Model: No. 4-1/2 Smooth Plane
  • Plane Weight: 5.73 pounds
  • Sole Flatness: 0.002'' to 0.004'' tolerance
  • Sole Length: 10-1/4''
  • Sole Width: 3''
  • Blade Width: 2-3/8''
  • 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
Technical Documents
Type Smoothing Planes
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Needs decent amount of setting up, but performs fine once done
Out of the box, the blade was cupped and needed more work than just sharpening/honing so make full contact with chipbreaker. The chip breaker relief angle was not enough to ensure full contact with the blade and being rounded off, it actually created a void for shavings to get clogged. Spent a couple hours to fine tune the blade and chip breaker. The sole was as flat as my straight edge. The adjustments have a noticeable play. Once properly sharpened and setup the tool made shavings as fine as any high end plane. 5 stars for performance after setup, 3 stars on adjustments, and 2 star on out of box.

I would have liked the frog to extend all the way to the sole, if you tried minimized the mouth size, the frog overhangs the sole, so the blade isn't fully supported down to the sole.
January 11, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
pretty nice plane
Nice weightily plane. Once you fettle it, it works great.
December 3, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Hoping this will work better than the current plane I have
CAROL O on Dec 27, 2018
Gift
Gary R on Nov 12, 2018
Hoping this will work better than the current plane I have
CAROL O on Dec 27, 2018
Solid reputation. 4-1/2 is as close as it gets to an all purpose plane.
JOSHUA S on Dec 3, 2018
Gift
Gary R on Nov 12, 2018
I wanted to try our Bench Dog planes. I have some Wood River and wanted to compare.
Wesley N on Nov 9, 2018
Good reviews and I need to start a quality collection of hand planes.
John O on Nov 6, 2018
Affordable. Hopefully it is a quality product.
Jeremy M on Nov 6, 2018
Starting to use more hand tools. I have a block plane and need to move on to the larger planes. The 4 1/2 Smoothing plane seemed to be the right place to start with the larger planes.
Rodger on Nov 3, 2018
Solid reputation. 4-1/2 is as close as it gets to an all purpose plane.
JOSHUA S on Dec 3, 2018
I wanted to try our Bench Dog planes. I have some Wood River and wanted to compare.
Wesley N on Nov 9, 2018
Is the frog adjustment set-up similar to the Stanley bedrock planes?
Nathan H on Aug 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You need to remove the blade/cap to get to the screws underneath the blade/on top of the frog to release the tension on frog for adjustment.