Luban's Number 3 Smoothing Planes are Delicate and Precise for Excellent Results
The Luban #3 smoothing plane; a lighter and narrow version of the #4. Use the old three-finger grip and rest your index finger on the side of the blade - the plane has a delicate, precise feel and is ideal for smoothing small work pieces. Also a great option for the younger woodworker and those with smaller hands.
Designed to take very fine shavings; a short sole to ensure continuous contact with the timber creates a clean final surface finish.
- 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.
- Sole Dimensions: 235mm x 56mm.
- 3mm (1/8in) thick 44.5mm (1-3/4in) cutting iron.
Why should you purchase a Luban No.3 Smoothing Plane?
Superior linishing across all Luban Planes makes the difference. Linishing is the term given to the belt-sanding process that ensures all plane surfaces are flat, dressing the plane surface before selling. If linishing marks are deep, which they are on so many of Luban’s competitors, then the plane surface simply isn’t flat.
Now you can fix this, but it takes a lot of time and effort before you’ll get a good result. All Luban planes come extremely finely linished straight out of the box, which means they’re dead flat for fantastic smooth results.
How do Luban Planes compare to other brands?
There was a golden age of planes, when the quality and design on the market was simply irresistible. However, if you’re looking for a new plane, some of the age-old planing manufacturers simply don’t make them like they used to. It’s a sad but well-known fact that among modern plane manufacturers, you’re often better off looking to new brands for the best value for money.
There are still some phenomenal vintage plane manufacturers on the market and we stock the Veritas range for that reason, but compared to most other brands on the market these days, Luban offer unbelievable value for money. The quality of their planes are exceptional for what you pay and they actually offer a level of planing accuracy and finesse that many of the old planing guard simply don’t offer anymore.
The build quality materials are unsurpassed at this price point. Don’t get sucked in to overpriced, poor quality planes with poor fittings and plastic handles! All Luban planes are genuinely crafted with wooden handles, meaning they’re a pleasure to work with for long periods.
All Luban planing blades come straight with no rough edges - unlike some of their more expensive competitors - ready for action. They’re light enough to use while still retaining that solid feel, with superior lever caps that don’t flop and haven’t been attached at strange angles. Put simply, they're a formidable plane and compared to their competitors, an absolute no brainer.