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Faq

  • 1

    Where can I find answers about RALI technologies?

    Where can I find answers about RALI technologies?

    • In the RALI guides on this website
  • 2

    Difference between a surfacing plane, a rebate plane and a carpenter plane?

    Difference between a surfacing plane, a rebate plane and a carpenter plane?

    Surfacing plane

    • They are handplanes designed to plane flat and open-on-edges surfaces.
    • The blade is slightly curved to dig a bit more in its center. The advantage is that with a minimum wood gripping, the edges of the blade do not mark in the finishing run. This phenomenon is important when you plane large surfaces.

     

    Rebate plane

    • They are handplanes designed to plane battens or corners.
    • The blade is perfectly straight and sharpened up to both extremities to cut even the sharp corner.
    • The blade can be adjusted laterally to align itself with the side of the rebate plane.

     

    Carpenter plane

    • The RALI 220C carpenter handplane has a special use: it can break an angle (chamfer) in a single passage.
    • Thanks to its slot in the front sole, it has a timber grip between 1.0 and 1.6mm.
    • It is not recommended to use this handplane for a flat planing. However if that is the case, it just has to be rotated through an angle of 30° to the cutting way ; so the sole leans on both sides instead of the central slot.
  • 3

    Advantages of a professional handplane compared to a handplane for occasional use?

    Advantages of a professional handplane compared to a handplane for occasional use?

    • Good inertia for planing hard timber or knots
    • Back plate adjustment (on surfacing planes) for roughing and perfect finishing
    • Throat opening adjustment to plane live timber (less stuffing)
    • Delivered with a reserve of 3 additional double-edged blades as they are frequently used
    • Every piece is replaceable because the tool can be dismantled
  • 4

    Chrome steel or tungsten carbide blade ?

    Chrome steel or tungsten carbide blade ?

    Chrome steel blade :

    • For use with soft to medium timber, fir type
    • The cut is perfect, the cutting angle is optimal for this type timber.

    Tungsten carbide blade :

    • For use with medium to hard timber, glued panels, MDF, OSB, BLC, aluminium.
    • The glue used in agglomerated or glued timber is very abrasive. A chrome steel blade would wear out very quickly.
    • For this reason, an extremely hard tungsten carbide blade must be used. It is resistant enough to these very abrasive products.
    • The harder the material is, the more fragile it is. Therefore these blades must be handled with care and stored carefully after use.
    • They are not recommended for soft timber.
  • 5

    Can the cutting angle be changed on RALI handplanes ?

    Can the cutting angle be changed on RALI handplanes ?

    • No, the cutting angle is adjusted for optimal planing, so there is no need to change it
  • 6

    Where do the numbers on the names of RALI planers come from ?

    Where do the numbers on the names of RALI planers come from ?

    • From the length of the sole in millimetre. A RALI 220 has a 220mm sole
  • 7

    What is the difference between RALI surfacing planes 220,260 and 105 ?

    What is the difference between RALI surfacing planes 220,260 and 105 ?

    • The RALI 220 handplanes are two-handed and have a German or European form.
    • The RALI 260 handplanes are the equivalent of the RALI 220, but with an Anglo-Saxon shape. The choice between 220 and 260 is a matter of personal preference.
    • The RALI 105 handplanes are one- or two-handed, ideal to break angles or to take with you everywhere, due to their small size.
  • 8

    Can a rebate be planed with a Bull Nose rebate plane B30?

    Can a rebate be planed with a Bull Nose rebate plane B30?

    The Bull Nose rebate plane B30 is designed only to finish a rebate in an angle.
    It is notmade for other uses, because it does not have a front sole.

  • 9

    When is it necessary to open the throat opening on a RALI handplane ?

    When is it necessary to open the throat opening on a RALI handplane ?

    • With live wood or when it is stuffing. The throat opening will let more space for the woodchips.

    It is not recommended to open the throat opening when not needed.

  • 10

    Is the scraper blade of the RALI scraper compatible with RALI blades ?

    Is the scraper blade of the RALI scraper compatible with RALI blades ?

    • Yes, with 48mm chrome steel and 48mm tungsten carbide blades
  • 11

    What is the difference between tungsten carbide and hard metal ?

    What is the difference between tungsten carbide and hard metal ?

    • There is no difference, they are two denominations for the same material.
  • 12

    Is it possible to plane normally with a carpenter plane ?

    Is it possible to plane normally with a carpenter plane ?

    • Although this handplane is exclusively designed to break angles, it can be used if needed by rotating through an angle of 30° to the cutting way.