The Luban Number 8 Jointing Plane: Get Bang-on Straight
The Luban #8 is designed for preparing long edges and large surfaces. It is longer and heavier than planes used for general stock removal. You only want to get this one out when you really need it. Get the surface close before you get your jointer to it but when you do you’ll be getting excellent flatness in a few easy passes.
The frog can be adjusted to widen or narrow the mouth of the plane without the need to remove the irons by loosening the two locking screws on either side. Then adjust the central screw to set then desired mouth opening.
Plane Bench #8 Jointer Specifications:
- 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.
- Cutting Iron 3mm (1/8in) thick 66.5mm (2-5/8in).
- Sole Dimensions: 610 mm (24 inches) long, 78mm (3 inches) wide.
What makes Luban Jointing Planes better than their competitors?
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.