Since the block-plane is intended chiefly for use on end grain, no cap is needed to break the shavings.
Considerable practice is necessary to handle the block-plane well.
Shape these ends with the draw-knife, spokeshave, or block-plane.
The block-plane makes a quite good substitute for a smoothing-plane for amateur work and is a very useful little tool.
Where both hands are free to hold the plane, the block-plane has no advantage over a smooth-plane, even on end grain.
This can be regulated by adjusting the toe in the block-plane, and by moving the frog in the jack- and smooth-planes.
The piece to be planed with the block-plane may be held either in the vise, end up, or on a bench-hook, Fig. 109.
A block-plane is made which can, by means of a detachable side, be used as a rabbet-plane.
The block-plane, held in the right hand, is placed on its side on the bench facing toward the work.