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Lie-Nielsen No. 5.5 Bench Plane

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Lie-Nielsen
Model:
No. 5.5
Price:
$375

Description

As wide as the No. 7, but only 14¾" (37.5cm) long, this uncommon size Bench Plane has the heft and balance you find in an English Panel Plane. Blade is .140" (3.55mm) thick. Weighs 7 lbs. Now shipping with the Improved Chip-breaker.

WOOD magazine review

Heavy duty and built for hard work

Review Summary

For years I used a #4 smoothing plane and #5 jack plane and got along fine. But then I tried a #5-1/2 and was immediately hooked. Now it’s my go-to bench plane, seeing action on almost every project I build. Although about the same length as a typical 5, this plane measures nearly 1/2" wider and weighs about a pound-and-a-half more.
I like that extra heft because it provides momentum to power through cuts without feeling cumbersome—making less strain for me in the long run—especially in figured or knotty wood. And if you prefer to buy a used Stanley model (made until the late 1950s) online or at auction, rest comfortably knowing that you almost can’t find a bad one (unless it’s broken). —Bob Hunter

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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