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Forum topic by bruc101 posted 06-19-2021 03:45 AM 524 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bruc101

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06-19-2021 03:45 AM

Expensive at $500.00 and on back order as most of their tools are. After watching this video it’s understandable why it’s so expensive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNIc1mjQqlE

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators https://traditionalwoodworking.org


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#1 posted 06-19-2021 04:27 AM

well if you feel it will make your woodworking better and you can afford it,spend it.personally i have no use for a shooting board or plane,so im out!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 06-19-2021 04:57 AM



well if you feel it will make your woodworking better and you can afford it,spend it.personally i have no use for a shooting board or plane,so im out!

- pottz

I don’t quite understand that coming from Festool Domino owner.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#3 posted 06-19-2021 05:04 AM


well if you feel it will make your woodworking better and you can afford it,spend it.personally i have no use for a shooting board or plane,so im out!

- pottz

Well, actually I already have one from Lie Nielson and use it on a regular basis. Our youngest daughter’s sisters wants to give her one for her 21st birthday this month, and they’re on the back order list for one. She already has a nice collection of Lie Nielson hand planes and their saws.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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#4 posted 06-19-2021 05:06 AM


well if you feel it will make your woodworking better and you can afford it,spend it.personally i have no use for a shooting board or plane,so im out!

- pottz
I don t quite understand that coming from Festool Domino owner.

- AlaskaGuy


thats easy ag there’s no cord-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 06-19-2021 06:50 AM

After you get the plane, pick up a Vogt shooting board by Tico Vogt.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#6 posted 06-19-2021 01:20 PM

I agree that Lie Nielson planes are expensive, but you can’t beat the quality. I have several Stanley planes from my father who was a custom furniture maker, and they work just fine. I’ve changed the blades but that’s it and they are in excellent condition. but I didn’t have a smoother, #4. I just wanted to to have a premium plane so I purchased a Lie Nielson 4 1/2 smoother. What a fantastic plane. Right out of the box it’s very sharp. I used it to hand plane a couple of small table tops made of Cherry and they planed so smooth I didn’t have to sand them. I’m 65 years old and my whole life I learned to appreciate quality tools, and this Lie Nielson plane excides my expectations. I say, if you can afford to purchase a tool of this quality, do it, you wont be disappointed.

-- Rich

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#7 posted 06-19-2021 07:20 PM

Thanks for posting the video, I hadn’t seen this. Makes one appreciate the plane even more.

-- Dave

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#8 posted 06-20-2021 05:20 PM

Here’s another video (of Clifton plane production) where it is explained exactly what each step is. There were steps in the Lie Nielsen video that I didn’t understand what was going on and the video of a Clifton being made explained the (rather similar) process.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#9 posted 06-20-2021 05:31 PM

Some interesting notes:

Clifton hand-hammers their blades and Lie-Nielsen drop-forges their blades. Both blades are of excellent quality, approximately 1/8” thick to reduce chatter. Clifton blades seem to hold an edge slightly longer. Lie-Nielsen planes come with the usual chip breaker much like Stanley and Record planes.

https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodnews/wood_news_ask_the_experts.htm

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#10 posted 06-20-2021 05:49 PM

In this video on a Clifton plane uploaded ~54 days ago, we see that the blade thickness is 50% thicker than 1/8”. However, I notice several other differences in that 2021 model of Clifton than previous models.

That blade is thick! 1/32” shy of a Hock blade. I noticed the Clifton in that video has a LN style chip breaker. Lots of interesting things going on at Clifton, I think.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#11 posted 06-20-2021 05:54 PM

That page comparing Clifton to LN seems to need an update. I will point out where it has fallen behind in the times:

If the plane from the above video is to be an example of what Clifton in 2021 is like:

1. Clifton no longer uses the green japanning
2. They no longer use Bubinga handles, now they use Walnut
3. The Grey Iron that Clifton uses is drop-tested on concrete from 20-ft and survive; it may not be ductile but it’s not weak like old Stanleys and apparently not all grey iron is made equal
4. Blades are now 4 mm thick (~5/32”)

-- Devin, SF, CA

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