No. 51 Shoot Board Plane
This single purpose plane is designed to trim miters and other end grain cuts on a shooting board. The skewed cut is exceptionally effective.
Stanley first made its version in 1909. We redesigned the body casting to utilize our standard 2-3/8" Bench Plane Blade and Frog with the Bedrock adjustment.
- Just over 9 lbs (heavier than the original.)
- 15" long x 3-9/16" wide.
- Shoulder height of 2-1/8".
Will fit the original Stanley 52 Chute Board.
We plan to offer a companion Shooting Board in the future.
Click here to download plans to make your own shooting board.
No. 51 Shoot Board Plane
The Lie-Nielsen Shoot Board Plane is based on the Stanley 51, which was
made between 1909 and 1943 and sold with a companion metal shooting
board. Our Shoot Board Plane will fit the original Stanley board, but can
be used with any type of shooting board. Plans for simple shop-made
shooting boards are included with the tool. The skew-set blade can be adjusted for
lateral adjustment to allow for anlged cuts, such as draft for pattern work.
The blade is skewed at 20º to the sole.
Blade Sharpening: Your Lie-Nielsen Shoot Board Plane is ready
to cut wood out of the box. The blade is ground sharp at a 25° bevel. A
secondary bevel of up to 5 degrees helps achieve a razor edge quickly.
This also improves edge life in hardwoods. For more information on
advanced sharpening we suggest David Charlesworth’s DVD Hand
Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening.
To adjust the mouth opening, loosen the two
locking screws at the back of the frog; then turn the middle adjuster
screw. Observe the opening in front of the blade. When it is correct, set
the locking screws again.
Our Improved Chipbreaker is 1/8" thick. The
raised lip under the bevel of the chipbreaker is back beveled 1° to ensure
that the leading edge contacts the blade firmly. You should never need
to dress this surface, but if you do, use a very fine stone and be sure to
maintain the angle. The 25° bevel may be honed occasionally. For general
work, set the end of the chipbreaker about 1/16" from the cutting edge of
the blade; for the finest smoothing work, set it closer to the edge.
To advance the blade, turn the adjuster nut
clockwise. It is always a good idea to finish adjusting the blade by a
forward adjustment to take up backlash and prevent the blade from moving.
In order to be able to adjust the blade easily, do not overtighten the lever
Bodies are cast from Ductile Iron, a very strong alloy that will
take a lot of abuse. These castings are fully stress relieved, a process that
removes inherent stresses and ensures that the tool will remain flat and true.
The blade is A-2 cryogenically treated Tool Steel, hardened to Rockwell
60-62 and double tempered. Our heat treating technique ensures that the
blade will take and hold a very fine edge for a long time. After heat treating,
the blade is fully surface ground on the top, back, and cutting edge, giving
a smooth, flat surface that will take a mirror finish very quickly. The thick
blade provides solid chatter-free cutting. The cap is Manganese Bronze.
The sole and side are surface ground flat and square to
a tolerance of .0015". Depending on how much use your tool gets, an
occasional light sanding with 320 grit or finer wet/dry paper on a flat
surface will keep the sole and side in as-new condition. Keep lightly
oiled or waxed to prevent rust. We recommend Camellia or Jojoba Oil,
vegetable oil based products. They are non-toxic, odor-free and easy
to use. Also, in our shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock to remove
any light surface oxide from tool bodies and blades. Oils and abrasive
handblocks are available from us.
A light oiling on the threaded rod, the Brass adjuster nut and the lateral
blade adjustment lever will keep them moving freely. Many people like
the patina that Bronze gets with age and use, but if you wish to keep the
finish bright, a little brass polish is in order. The Cherry knob and handle
are finished with wiping varnish and should require no maintenance.
Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.
Proposition 65 Notice:
Bronze and brass alloys contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.