Form Follows Function. The mid-sized planes are best for roughing work. These include the No. 5, 5½, 6, 10¼, 62, and 610. The longest planes are designed for flattening. These include the No. 7, 8, and 7½. The shortest, widest planes are ideal for finishing. These include the No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 4½, and 164.
These solid tools will give excellent results in the most demanding conditions. Precisely made, fit and finished, all Lie-Nielsen planes are ready for use right out of the box with minimal honing required.
All of our Bench Planes have Manganese Bronze caps and frogs, and Cherry knobs and handles, hand shaped and buffed to a silky smooth finish. The soles of our planes are machine ground flat and square to .0015" or better, regardless of length.
Blades are cryogenically treated A2 tool steel, double tempered to Rockwell 60-62. Blades are shipped with a flat ground 25° bevel. For longer edge life in abrasive or hard woods, increase the bevel angle up to 30° or 35°. This is quickly accomplished by honing a small secondary bevel.