An unusual member of the bench plane family, low angle bevel-up smoothers like the No. 62 are a versatile addition to any handplane arsenal. The adjustable mouth on this particular plane means it can be used for aggressive milling, jointing, and even smoothing.

 

Furniture-maker Garrett Hack generally keeps two irons on-hand for his No. 62—one that's been cambered for use when smoothing, and another that's been honed straight across, for jointing and more aggressive work. In this short video, Hack demonstrates a variety of uses for this workshop work horse.