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Benedetto Palm Plane

Benedetto Palm Plane

Benedetto Palm Plane Double-Convex Sole

Double-Convex Sole

Item # 0720
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$229.20

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Benedetto Palm Plane Flat Sole

Flat Sole

Item # 0730
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$138.53

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Benedetto Palm Plane Leather Storage Bag

Leather Storage Bag

Item # 10720
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$24.00

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Benedetto Palm Plane, Double-Convex Sole with Leather Storage Bag

Double-Convex Sole with Leather Storage Bag

Item # 10721
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$253.20

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Benedetto Palm Plane, Flat Sole with Leather Storage Bag

Flat Sole with Leather Storage Bag

Item # 10722
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$162.53

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Ron Hock Replacement Blades for Benedetto Palm Planes Convex Replacement Blade

Convex Replacement Blade

Item # 0750
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$26.24

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Ron Hock Replacement Blades for Benedetto Palm Planes Flat Sole Replacement Blade

Flat Sole Replacement Blade

Item # 0751
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$26.24

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Benedetto Palm Plane

About This Item

Made by the master himself!
A master craftsman forms a deep connection with their tools.

Bob Benedetto, one of the grand masters of archtop building, approaches his tools like his instruments. They must have the perfect combination of form and function, be effortless to use, and also look beautiful.

When we opened the box from Bob and pulled out these beautiful planes, we were instantly inspired by the elegant lines, solid feel, and how it naturally felt in the hand.

On the convex sole model, the double-radiused sole is optimal for carving long graceful arches, and performs equally as well when carving short, tight radii. It really shines when carving both the inside and outside of tops and backs of archtop guitars and cellos.

The flat bottom model is perfect for leveling and squaring edges, and fine tuning the soundboard on flat top guitars.

When we tried it, we were amazed at how effortlessly and quickly the custom blades carved through wood, all with precise control. As soon as you hold this masterbuilt tool, we think you'll be inspired too.

And if getting the work of one master wasn't enough, Bob has teamed up with legendary toolmaker Ron Hock to produce custom O1 high carbon tool steel blades (hardened to Rc62) worthy of his plane.

We have replacement blades for each model and a custom leather bag to protect your plane from the dust and grime of the shop.

Use the tool of a legendary luthier
Since Bob's retirement, he's been individually crafting small batches of his favorite palm planes as a hobby (you never lose the love of building!). Through our partnership we're able to offer these amazing, heirloom quality tools that will last a lifetime.

Bob makes each and every one of them personally and each is serialized. There is no telling how many we will have, or how many he will make. These are a truly limited run!

In his own words:

For my entire guitar making career my main carving tool has always been a hard maple palm plane that I made almost 50 years ago. I've tried the Ibex and D'Angelico planes and found them both to be good, but something always drew me back to my handmade wooden plane...it just felt better.

For years I have wanted to offer my palm planes to the lutherie community. Now I have the time to do just that, and making them in small runs helps ensure consistency.

I make these planes entirely by hand, including the brass holding cap, toe plate and ramp (I don't make the thumb screws). Each plane is built from quartersawn American Hard Curly Sugar Maple (no soft maple), and the blades are made to my specification by Ron Hock.

I sent samples to Damon Mailand and Wyatt Wilkie for field testing. These prolific builders love the plane! So, I feel confident enough to take the next step.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks!
Bob
Bob Benedetto, Founder


    Each of Bob Benedetto's planes feature
  • American Hard Curly Sugar Maple construction
  • Custom turned palm rest
  • Satin finish, brass appointments
  • Custom Ron Hock steel blade, honed by Bob and ready to use
  • Each plane is serialized by Bob

    Double-Convex Sole Palm Plane
  • Custom built for carving archtops
  • Double convex sole with 12" longitudinal radius and 15/16" cross radius
  • Solid brass holding cap, crosspin, toe plate, ramp, and thumb screw
  • Includes custom Ron Hock curved blade, 15/16" wide

Base dimensions:
3-1/4" long x 1-7/16" wide x 1-1/4" tall (82.5mm x 36.5mm x 31.7mm)
Overall length with palm rest: 4-1/8" (104.7mm)


    Flat Sole Palm Plane
  • Perfect for building flattops, solid bodies, or precision woodworking
  • Solid brass holding cap, crosspin, and thumb screw
  • Includes custom Ron Hock blade, 15/16" wide

Base dimensions:
3-1/2" long x 1-7/16" wide x 1-1/4" tall (88.9mm x 36.5mm x 31.7mm)
Overall length with palm rest: 4-1/2" (114.3mm)



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5.0

An incredible work of functional art

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I'm a confirmed tool Junky. I have built several wood planes including two "compass" planes (also with Ron Hock steel) and mine works seamlessly more as a smooth plane with Bob Benedetto's palm plane. His palm plane works flawlessly, feels so comfortable in hand, and also planes so easily.

As the title of my review states, this little plane is the finest combination of hard maple, brass, and Ron Hock Steel that then transcends into one of the finest and functional planes I have ever had the pleasure owning. It now goes to the top of of the list of my 2 dozen planes. (and yes,. I do use them all)

5.0

Terrific tools!

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Verified Buyer


I have both of them and I highly recommend them. They work great and fit my hands as if Bob custom made them for me. As a retired tool and die maker, the blades are the best.
The right hardness and stay sharp. Valuable tools to have and they look cool on your bench! Five stars , each!

5.0

Piece of art!

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What a beautiful piece of tool! It perform as well as it looks. A tool to be used by generations to come. Must have the one with flat sole as well.

5.0

Great Plane !!

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Verified Buyer


I tried buying both of these planes and could only get the flat bottom plane, the other was out of stock. So I bought one from a competitor of yours. When I got a email from you guys about the plane being in stock again I like the others so much I bought that one too. If you carve tops and backs you should have these planes too. Bob did a really nice job on these. Another thing the guitar maker community can thank Bob for. Thank you Bob !

5.0

Excellent, sharp, comfortable and light

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Verified Buyer


I love this block plane. It came crazy sharp out of the box so no need to sharpen. The blade height is very easy to adjust. It feels very comfortable in the palm of your hand and very light so it is a joy to work with.
The only suggestion I have is that there could be a pouch or case to store it when not in use.

5.0

Benedetto palm plane

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Verified Buyer


I have not used it yet, but it certainly is beautiful as well as beautifully made. Well done Bob!
I look forward to giving it a workout, very soon. jmoe

5.0

This Plane is a Work of Art!

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Verified Buyer


This is a beautiful tool! The precision is incredible! Feels great in the hand! Cuts like a dream!

5.0

Awesome planes!

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Verified Buyer


These planes handmade by the Archtop luthier Master Bob Benedetto are fantastic masterpieces. They represent absolute beauty and zen-like craftsmanship and most importantly, functionality and quality are absolutely best one can get.

5.0

Beautiful tool!

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Verified Buyer


The other reviews have pretty much said it all. This plane (I have the curved version) is the perfect combination of form and function. Like so many others, I learned how to make archtop guitars from Mr. Benedetto's book, and I'm just delighted to have this beautiful tool made by the master himself!

5.0

More than happy!!

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I ordered the curved one. When I had it in my hands, I can't resist and I ordered the flat. Very well made, really a piece of art!!

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