Surforms & Blades
You may choose from a wide selection of Surform Tools and Replacement blades at Toolstop. Surforms are fashioned from perforated metal sheet and are referred to as “surface-forming tools” because they resemble cheese graters. Wood, soft metals, plastics, and rubber are just a few of the materials that may be finished and shaped using Surform Tools, Shavers, and Planes. Even the best surfboard shapers in the world use Surforms because they provide precision when shaping the foam used to make surfboards. The word “surform” is used to describe the edge of a hand plane that has been sharpened so that it may shape a material rather than grate it. Wood, ductile iron, bronze, or other materials are used to make hand planes. The most popular hand plane kinds will be covered in this post, along with tips on how to choose the best one for your purposes. Here are a few instances of hand planes in operation.
Flat surform blade
Standard surform blade is another name for a flat blade. Given that it is long and straight, it is frequently used for working on flat surfaces. Some models have side-cut teeth along one edge that are useful for working along edges and into corners. A variety of materials, including wood, plaster, PVC, soft metals, and fiberglass, can be treated with it. It is frequently employed as a general-purpose blade and is perfect for removing initial and quick stock from a workpiece. Typically, a flat file or surform flat plane will have this kind of blade. A flat surform blade measures approximately 250mm (10′′) in length.
Round surform blade
A round type is a circular surform blade; it has holes in it and resembles a pipe. It may be applied to a variety of materials, including laminates, soft metals, plastics, and wood. It is the best kind to use for sculpting or expanding holes inside of objects as well as forming precise curves into a workpiece. This particular kind of blade is intended for use as a component of a surform round file. Typically, a round surform blade measures 250mm (10′′) or so.
Half round surform blade
A half round blade has a rounded surface curvature and is a cross between a flat and a round kind. It is adaptable and may be used on a range of materials, including removing filler from surfaces and dealing with fibreglass. It is excellent for quickly shaping curved surfaces and removing material from a workpiece. A half round blade can fit the form of the material, making it very helpful for working on concave surfaces. Typically, a half round surform blade measures 250mm (10′′) or so.
Fine cut surform blade
Although it has a similar appearance to a flat blade, a fine cut surform blade has somewhat smaller perforated holes than the other varieties. It is used mostly on hardwoods, end grain (the grain at the extremities of a length of wood), and certain soft metals to provide a smoother finish on a product. In a surform plane or surform file, this kind of blade is often used. There are two sizes of fine cut blades: 140mm (about 5.5′′) and 250mm (approximately 10′′) in length.
Shaver blades are often used to file down tiny or problematic areas where bigger blades may not be able to fit since they are significantly smaller than other kinds of blades. Because one edge of its design has side-cut teeth, it is perfect for cutting into tight corners. Additionally, it is a great blade for filler smoothing and paint removal. An electric shaver instrument called a surform uses this kind of blade. Typically, a shaver blade measures 60mm (about 2.5′′).