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Lie-Nielsen Low-Angle Block Plane

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Lie-Nielsen
Model:
102
Price:
$115

Description

This small bronze plane fits perfectly in the hand and slips easily into the pocket. The 5¼" (13.33cm) body holds a 1¼" (3.17cm) x 1/8" (3.17mm) thick blade. An unobtrusive Stainless Steel adjuster offers blade control of micrometer ease and precision with minimum backlash.

The blade in the Low Angle Plane is bedded at 12° for fine cuts and end grain. The blade in the standard angle is set at 20° and will take a heavier cut with the grain.

Available in cast iron for $95.

WOOD magazine review

Easy-to-use low-angle plane really shines

Review Summary

This is a solid, well-built low-angle block plane that's a joy to use. The body is bronze, but the iron version performs equally as well. It's the perfect size for virtually any trimming or profiling in 3/4"-thick stock or thinner. The lever cap sits perfectly in the palm of your hand and lets you get a good anchor point for pushing it through wood. The fine depth adjuster works very well with only negligible backlash, and the locking wheel holds the blade securely.
There's no lateral adjuster for the plane iron, so you'll need to learn to do it by touch, but once you get there it'll be second nature.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Great little block plane

Review Summary

Knowing this little gem does not have an adjustable throat, I purchased it anyways as I have 2 Stanley's as well. After using this little apron plane for over 2 years one I can unequivocally say it is far and away the most used tool on my well equipped shop.
In giving a value of only 4 for value it is only because I think Lie Nielson could offer it for somewhere in the 99 dollar range Otherwise a fantastic and well executed tool- perfectly machined and true out of the box, the blade needed only a final hone and performs extremely well

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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