Quangsheng No. 4 Bedrock Pattern Smoothing Plane

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The Quangsheng No. 4 smoothing plane is designed to produce a silky smooth surface ready for polishing. The short sole allows it to follow slight inconsistencies in the surface more than a long plane would. This gives it a better chance of hitting any remaining low spots and creating a flawless, even surface, without significantly altering the thickness of the component. Given the importance of their role, smoothers are very carefully set up and rarely used for anything else. The cutting iron is kept extremely sharp with an almost imperceptible camber and the mouth set very fine.

The No.4 is the most popular of all the bench planes, which makes logical sense. If you are going to invest in a shiny new precision ground handplane, the one that you use to produce your finished surfaces tends to be at the top of the list.

Quangsheng bedrock pattern handplanes, unlike the more common Bailey pattern, have a full contact area between the body and the frog, hence the name 'bedrock'. The frog can also be adjusted to widen or narrow the mouth of the plane without the need to remove the irons. Simply loosen the two locking screws on either side at the back of the frog, adjust the central screw to set your desired mouth opening and then nip up the side screws again. This system is easier, faster, much more accurate, and less likely to damage the cutting edge.


  • Precision ground, unbreakable CR40 alloy steel casting
  • Engineered lateral adjuster with guide bearing and brass tab
  • Low profile cap iron
  • Brushed finish stainless steel lever cap
  • Hardwood handles
  • Conforms to British Standard
  • Sole Dimensions 10in x 2⁷⁄₁₆ in (250mm x 62mm)
  • ⅛ in (3mm) thick 2in (50.8mm) cutting iron made from T10 carbon steel hardened to RC63

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

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  • 5
    Quality Plane

    Posted by Guest on 13th Feb 2015

    Such a nice bit of kit. I bought the no 4 and no 5 and am not disappointed. Weighty, elegant and easy to use. Very lttle set up required out of the box. Delivery and service was excellent.

  • 5
    Excellent value

    Posted by Simon on 13th Feb 2015

    This is an excellent smoother.Very nicely put together and well-balanced, with an extremely flat sole. The iron is not to be sniffed at either. Excellent service from WH as usual. Look forward to adding more Quangsheng tools to my collection.

  • 5
    Quangsheng No. 4 Bedrock Pattern Smoothing Plane

    Posted by Ken on 4th Dec 2014

    This plane is a joy to use, and it can hold its own with the best of them. It's a top quality plane capable of taking the thinnest of shavings. I'm very happy with this plane, and its more than well priced.

  • 5
    quangsheng is amazing

    Posted by ross senner on 5th Nov 2014

    quangsheng make amszing planes, and i dont mean for the price, i mean compare this plane to anything else including lie nielson and it is just as good or better. no one mentions the handles but these are the most comfortable ive used, some kind of oil finish. the blades get very sharp and stay sharp

  • 5
    Quangsheng No. 4

    Posted by Ken on 9th May 2014

    I left a review for this before but I don't think it went through. So.....This Is a great little plane, once It is set up you will get the finest shavings you could ever want. A great quality plane, at a good price.

  • 5
    Waters and Acland Furniture School

    Posted by Guest on 10th Apr 2014

    These Quangsheng planes from Workshop Heaven are excellent quality and great value for money. Buy them here as others claiming to be from the same factory just won't have the same quality control. We have a number of these planes both in our school and also in our fine furniture workshop.

  • 5
    More than worth the price!

    Posted by Nick Reffold on 2nd Feb 2014

    After buying and using (or attempting to) a mass produced plane from a DIY store, I tried the Quangsheng No. 6. Then I bought the No. 4. Each took me 30 minutes to fettle to razor edges and they make beautiful shavings. IMHO, mass produced planes are a waste of money. Ditto the 'boutique' brands!