In the world of hand planes, they aren’t fawned over like the gossamer shaving-producing smooth planes, the brutishly-huge jointer planes or the uber-versatile jack plane. Still, they are as handy as all get-out, can do any number of tasks and can be stored in the pocket of a workshop apron.
They are block planes, and they can be found in nearly all workshops. Because of their diminutive size and lower cost, they may be the first plane that many woodworkers ever use.
Today, tell us about your opinions on these planes. Do you think they are essential pieces of shop equipment, or are they a waste of time?