Nigel Melfi High Angle Block Plane - Rosewood


£2,250.00 (VAT exempt)

Product Description

Nigel's version of a high angle block plane with 'Cupids Bow' dovetails on the sole, married to shapes and chamfers inspired by his years of violin making is now his focus, This type of plane works well on challenging timbers or grain, particularly ebony fingerboards and similar. It should be set carefully at a fine cut and has a solid smooth operation which can be used for a variety of high quality wood crafts. Furniture making and restoration, musical instrument craft etc.

His CBII planes are now ready to be offered for sale through Classic Hand Tools. These planes are made in very small batches with different infills. Worldwide shipping is available.

4 are available immediately. Once these are sold a new batch will be offered from early 2023. Approximately 12-15 planes will be made each year and he hopes to develop a few more plane options with Classic Hand Tools throughout 2023 and beyond. All enquiries for these planes should be emailed through to

The construction of each Nigel Melfi high angle block plane is identical. It takes him approximately 70-80 hours to make each plane.

  • Length overall: 5 1/4"  -  130mm
  • Width: 1 3/4"  - 44mm
  • Width of blade: 1 5/16" - 34mm
  • Blade angle: 59 degrees (the blade can be reversed to give an effective cut angle of 89 degrees which is great for scraping)
  • Height of plane overall: 2 3/4" - 70mm
  • Weight: 1 1/2lbs - 680g 
  • Thick steel soled with cupid bow dovetails to brass sides.
  • Infill - the 4 currently available have rosewood, cocobolo (2) , ebony (with two parallel mahogany inset strips) 
  • Brass lever cap with crushed velvet and resin decorative disc shaped insert approx 1/2" - 12.5mm in diameter.
  • Each plane is stamped (discreetly) on the infill NIGEL MELFI
  • The blade is also stamped Nigel Melfi.
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