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Smoothing Plane(1)

Anant - Smoothing Plane(1)

Made in India, the Anant appears to be a reproduction of an original Bailey, but it lacks refinement in its fit and finish.

$30 (As of 6/1/2005)

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Editor's Review: Metal Smoothing Planes

by Chris Gochnour

review date: June 1, 2005

Made in India, the Anant appears to be a reproduction of an original Bailey, but it lacks refinement in its fit and finish. That said, I didn’t have to spend much time tuning it. The handles are made from a tropical hardwood resembling mahogany. The finish on the handles was a bit rough but still comfortable. I honed the blade and tuned the chipbreaker, and the plane gave satisfactory results.

There was a lot of backlash in the blade-adjustment knob—nearly four rotations—and it was difficult to get it set for a light cut. Once set, it held well. The blade is only 0.068 in. thick and chattered slightly when planing challenging hardwoods.

If tuned meticulously and fitted with a thicker aftermarket blade, the Anant could be a dependable smoother.

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Editor Test Results:

Sole Flatness N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Anant
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number
Adjustable Mouth N/A
Blade Size 0.068 in. thick
Materials N/A
1/23/2008

I teach folks how to use hand planes and especially how to tune them. I will not even recommend someone buy this to practice on. It is junk and will frustrate you to no end! Treat it like the hand granade it is and throw it far away and run!

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