|Common name: Fore plane|
|Size: No. 6|
|Bed length: 18"|
|Blade width: 2-3/8"|
|Knob & Tote material: Wood|
|Body Type: Metal|
|Corrugated sole: No|
|Category: Fore Plane|
This No. 6 Fore Plane is sized between a Jack and Jointer, and designed after the Stanley Bedrock series of hand planes.
The Lie Nielsen No. 6 Fore Plane is a direct descendant of Stanley's No. 606 Fore Plane (1894-1941) in the Bedrock style and mechanics.
The Fore Plane is used to further flatten the surface after the Jack has sized it, the length of the Fore allows the plane to skim off the high spots of the surface and bring the wood down to flat.
The Fore Plane is typically the last step in the flattening process before the Smoothing plane is used.
All Bench Plane bodies 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 in as-new condition. Tools with Iron bodies should be kept lightly oiled or waxed to prevent rust. Lie Nielsen recommends Jojoba Oil, a plant based oil product that is non-toxic, odor-free and easy to use. Lie Nielsen also reccomends a fine abrasive handblock to remove any light surface oxide from tool bodies and blades.
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 oiled and buffed with wax to produce a natural finish. Wipe with oil as desired to refresh.