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Quangsheng Luban No.102 Bronze Apron Plane

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£65.50

Quangsheng Luban No. 102 Bronze Apron Plane

65.5

Cast in bronze, this delightful little block plane is traditionally carried in the apron pocket, ready for immediate and frequent use.

Compact and easy to use with one hand, it has a 25 degree T10 bevel up blade bedded at 12 degrees. Like it's larger cousins it has a super smooth, low ratio, type 3 adjuster.

In the early stages of a piece, an apron plane might be used to make small adjustments to the ends of squared timber blanks, or to create chamfers on waste material before it is cut away, both to aid visibility and prevent breakout.

In the later stages it may be used to fine tune joinery or sliding components to achieve the desired fit; or to take tiny threads off sharp corners to strengthen them. In some cases it may even be needed after a piece is finished, to correct the odd squeak or binding drawer.

Specifications:

    • Body: Cast bronze (so it won't rust).
    • Weight 470g / 1lb.
    • Conforms to British Standard.
    • 3mm thick, 32mm wide cutting iron cutting iron made from T10 carbon steel hardened to RC60-63.
    • Sole dimensions 137mm x 35 - 40mm (coffin sided).


Notes on use:

        To adjust the blade, loosen the cap wheel until it is just beginning to exert the lightest possible pressure on the blade. Position the blade laterally with finger and thumb and then, with the plane sole down on a piece of timber, advance the blade until it just makes contact with the surface. Wind the cap iron screw twice (about half a rotation) and take a test shaving and adjust if necessary. You don't need to apply all of the tension that the thumbwheel is capable of, it has the mechanical advantage of a screw thread and a 2:1 lever advantage, so two twists is plenty.

Please note that we are unable to ship Quangsheng products to North America due to retail exclusivity restrictions.

Customer Reviews

Written by: Big Bertie
Rating
3
3* as received but 4*+ after fettling, not 5* though
As all the other reviews say, it’s a great little plane and if you’re not snobby about Chinese, for every day use why spend 3x more for Lie Nielsen when you can have this, almost as good ( I too also own Lie Nielsen so can compare). Why 3* then?

Well as others have said, it’s a solidly made heavy plane...great size. But:
1. It’s coffin shaped and you would expect that when viewed on plan, one long edge should be a mirror copy of the other. Well on mine, that is not the case. Whereas the from three quarters of the sole does mirror on both sides, when you get to the back, it no longer does...in fact it is curved in a way that one side is parallel to the other. I can’t see it matters in the end or I would have sent it back but it does show lack of quality control by Luban. It would have been rejected by Lie Nielsen.
2. I like the soles of my planes to be as flat as possible and although one can argue that on a short plane like this it is less important, nevertheless, as someone that loves quality tools, I set about checking for flatness and lapping. Flatness certainly wasn’t bad but it wasn’t flat either. It had a hollow at the centre front, by the blade slot and at the back...all were over the middle third of the width. It probably took about an hour to lap most away so now it is flat except I couldn’t get rid of the hollow at the back. I decided this didn’t matter as the remainder of the sole is now good, but nevertheless, it’s a bit disappointing.
3. My main disappointment though relates to the blade and the way it sits. After honing, I went to set the plane up only to discover that I couldn’t get the blade to appear evenly across the sole opening. I checked the bevel for squareness and it was fine, so it had to be something else. What I found was that one side of the blade towards the back was fouling on the side of the body and that was stopping it moving as far as it needed. It wasn’t too difficult to grind an area about 6x15mm in the side down and smooth it off...and that certainly helped but the blade was still fouling. Rather than making the whole blade slightly narrower I decided to grind a slight hollow on the edge of the back of the blade where it was still fouling. Rubbish having to do that but it barely shows, doesn’t reduce performance and meant that the blade does now just about adjust correctly. Only just because I realise that there’s a limit to how far the blade can be rotated like this because the depth adjusting slots sit quite snugly in the adjusted and there’s not much play. So it’s a shame and I’d like to be able to have more lateral adjustment as usual but it’s about workable.

So overall, I think the above let this brilliant little plane down. Items 1 and 2 aren’t real issues but item 3 is and again demonstrates poor quality control. Given that all the other reviews are 5* I can only assume I had a one off poor product. Am I glad I bought it? Yes. Would I buy it again? Yes. I sort of had expected something like this and was surprised at how many 5* reviews I’ve seen. Had I bought this for ‘best’, then I’d feel short changed. But I didn’t. It isn’t Lie Nielsen but then it isn’t that cost either. So be prepared to do some fettling and it’ll be fine. As they say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. And as an alternative, would I save a bit of money and buy a Stanley etc type alternative. No way. The inherent quality of this apron plane is far superior to others except the genuine premium planes, so it’s well worth buying this with your eyes open!

Good planing!

Seller response: This one should have, would have and still could be replaced under warranty. QS planes should only require a few minutes fettling to be ready for work, if you get one that needs any more than that please let us know and we will be happy to help.
Written by: Muz
Rating
5
Would reccomend
I used to own the lie neilson version but it got stolen from my tool box on a building site and couldn't afford to replace it at the time. Several years later I decided to treat myself to a new one but discovered this and after reading a few reviews I decided to get it. A waited a while to post a review to properly use it and get a feel for it and I really like it. The only difference between it and the lie neilson is the depth adjustment screw, it's not as good quality as the lie neilson but for actual use once the blade is locked in place it's not an issue so would definitely recommend it.
Written by: Laurynas
Rating
5
High quality item
Feels great and costs so little. Worth every penny and probably the best cost/quality ratio there is at the time
Written by: Momir
Rating
5
Firs one is taken fro me
I have booth LN and this one. I have to buy another of QS and i will probably buy few more for each blade angle one.
It have very fine mouth and once you find what it can do all other block planes are not so useful anymore.

Incredible value for the money
Written by: Manjoe
Rating
5
This tool feels like it grew from my hand!
arrived today. excellent service and delivery. Straight from the box ,without sharpening this tool takes lovely shavings. can't wait to hone it and see what results i get. Ergonomically ,one of the best tools i have had in my hand. a thing of beauty.
Written by: Bob @ mingarry joinery
Rating
5
Definetly as good as a Lie Nielsen
I haven't been able to justify the purchase of the Lie Nielsen 102 although I have had access to a friends for several years and absolutely love it!

Having purchased four other Quangsheng planes over recent months I decided to try the Luban 102 and it is ever bit as good as the L.N. if not better.

The plane body is beautifully cast and finished, the adjuster works much better than the L.N and the blade, whilst not at all sharp out of the box, honed easily to a mirror finish giving the finest shavings ever!

Ergonomically perfect, this sits in the palm of your hand as is beautifully weighted.

In the market for a beutiful bit of kit which will help enhance any project? This is for you 11/10.
Written by: Christopher
Rating
5
Never out of reach when working wood.
I was looking for a block plane that was large enough to be fully functional with fine blade adjustment, yet small enough to be tucked into a pocket for use on my Carpentry & Joinery college course, and this little beauty seemed to offer what I was looking for.
After reading the positive reviews I did agonize for a while not only about buying a new tool but also about buying something made in China when I usually buy vintage or used tools to avoid the modern PRC-manufactured tools that the big brands seem to sell.
When the package arrived I opened it with some trepidation and much anticipation but my initial impressions were, that it was a quality tool, well engineered, well manufactured and if it worked as good as it looked then it would be an absolute steal.
I have waited to review until I had an opportunity to allow the tool a to earn it's keep and I can only say that it is an absolute joy to use; fits perfectly in my hand to break sharp edges, sort those tricky local high spots and it excels at end grain - the adjustment being sensitive enough to cut from fine shavings down to dust.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this tool based on my experience and it has been quite a talking point at college for both my fellow students and our lecturers who are often taken aback when I explain exactly what it is and how little it cost, unable to believe that given my affinity to vintage tools, their restoration and use that this little Luban isn't some rare tool that I have brought back to life which is testament to the quality of the product.
Based on this I have looked to Quangsheng Luban for my shoulder plane requirements and look forward to reviewing those in due course.
A definite 5 star tool and one that I will cherish and would not like to be without.
Written by: Matthew
Rating
5
Amazing
This very handy little plane is a triumph to engineering, every aspect of it is perfect. Once honed the plane can take translucent end grain shavings with ease. I think every woodworker should own one.
Written by: Guest
Rating
5
a superb piece of engineering small and perfect
a superb piece of engineering
small and perfect
Written by: Guest
Rating
5
Gorgeous
This Luban is a complete joy. The blade is thick and firmly bedded. There is no lateral adjustment lever but the blade is easily adjusted by a slight tap on the side of the blade. In use it is very controllable and allows small shavings to be made for tiny adjustments.
Written by: Guest
Rating
5
every bit as good as my lie-nielsen..at half the price
impressed by the quality..very god value for money
Written by: Guest
Rating
5
jules@theskyisblue.net
A thing of beauty, it also works beautifully. Elegant engineering and sensuous with it - you'll want it in your hand all the time. Probably an heirloom, so buy as many as you have children or they'll contest the will.
JR Chipping Norton
Written by: Guest
Rating
5
Beautiful!
Beautifully made and already my favourite. Fantastic at this price!
Written by: Tom
Rating
5
Great to look at and use
I was bought this plane as a present after being undecided as to whether I could justify buying it for myself. It makes for a great present and I shouldn't have questioned getting it for myself as it's a joy to use. Ideal when finishing off a project and is really useful when making scaled models.
Written by: Angus Richardson
Rating
5
A beautiful wee plane!
This is a fantastic wee plane! It fits the hand, is a good weight, is easy to adjust and is a joy to use - at every possible opportunity!
Written by: amanda buswell
Rating
5
Quality!!
Bought this for my son's 18th Birthday present as he is doing a cabinet making apprentership...He had spotted this on your website...we were a little sceptical as to how good the quality was going to be as he had not heard of the make, but he is over the moon with it...and his work mates want it!!
Written by: Alan p jones
Rating
5
Fantastic bit of kit
Fantastic bit of kit
Written by: Chris Tribe
Rating
5
A little beauty
I have the LN version of this plane and loved it. I bought this one for my student benches and it has supplanted the LN in my affections!I think it is superior to the LN. The small wheel on the LN is difficult to adjust. The larger QS wheel is just right. The cut is good, and it's half the price!
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