Low Angle Smoothing Plane Blade Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Low Angle Smoothing Plane Blade

1-BL-164

$40.00



No. 164 Low Angle Smoothing Plane Blade

Replacement blade for our No. 164 Low Angle Smooth Plane. Comes with a 25° flat ground bevel.

  • 2" wide x .187" thick.
  • A2 cryogenically treated Tool Steel.

Geometry:

The blade comes with a 25° flat ground bevel; it sits in the tool at 12°, making the included cutting angle 37°.

Sharpening:

The blade comes ready to use, but honing a secondary bevel of 5° or 10° will increase performance, help achieve a razor edge quickly, and improve edge life in hardwoods. You can find sharpening instructions in a printable PDF format here:
Sharpening Instructions PDF

For more information on advanced sharpening we recommend David Charlesworth’s video Plane Sharpening, available in both DVD and streaming formats.

Setting the Yoke Plate:

The overhead yoke engages the slotted plate screwed to the blade. The front of this plate needs to be about 2½" from the cutting edge, with the slot toward the front of the blade. You can make a small jig with scraps of wood to set this distance. Tighten the plate retaining screw very firmly to adjust the blade.

Materials:

Made from A2 Tool Steel, cryogenically treated, 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.

Maintenance:

Blades should be kept lightly oiled or waxed to prevent rust. We recommend Jojoba Oil, a plant based oil product that is 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. Jojoba Oil and abrasive handblocks are available from us.

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