Where can I find answers about RALI technologies?
- In the RALI guides on this website
Difference between a surfacing plane, a rebate plane and a carpenter 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Is the scraper blade of the RALI scraper compatible with RALI blades ?
- Yes, with 48mm chrome steel and 48mm tungsten carbide blades
What is the difference between tungsten carbide and hard metal ?
- There is no difference, they are two denominations for the same material.
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.