Clifton No 420 Shoulder Plane

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An accurate and practical shoulder plane is a must have item for producing neat, attractive, mortice and tenon joinery.

Used on its side the shoulder plane takes extremely fine shavings on the endgrain of tenon shoulders. Gradually working back from the sawn surface to reveal the polished track left by your marking gauge or knife; when the track appears all the way around the shoulder you know it is perfectly square and true.

The Clifton 420 is a very fine example of this indispensable tool. The oil hardened (RC60) O1 carbon steel cutter is ground at 25 degrees and bedded at 18.5, giving an included angle of 43.5 degrees. Being carbon steel it takes an edge like a surgeons scalpel, and should you feel the need to go lower, is able to cope with much steeper bevel angles than alloyed blades.

The sole, sides and bed of the normalised grey iron casting are precision machined, whilst the front, top and rear are polished to a mirror finish.

Blade and body are held together by an elegant, malleable iron, swan neck lever cap and adjustment is provided by a fine threaded micrometer screw at the rear.

  • Length: 8" (203mm)
  • Width: ¾" (19mm)
  • Weight: 2½lbs (1.2 Kilos)

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  • 5
    fine & accurate

    Posted by Guest on 26th Jul 2022

    i have owned this plane for more than 10 years and enjoy it's accurate shaving of tenons, it balances well in the hand and is an essential hand tool

  • 5
    Shoulder plane

    Posted by Beff on 2nd May 2015

    Excellent quality plane, great workmanship and a pleasure to use. Easy to adjust, stays sharper longer and is well balanced. Expensive but your great grand children will be using it.