|Common name: Smoothing plane|
|Size: No. 1|
|Bed length: 5 1/2"|
|Blade width: 1 3/16"|
|Knob & Tote material: Wood|
|Body Type: Metal|
|Corrugated sole: No|
|Category: Smoothing Plane|
The Lie Nielsen No. 1 is based off of the Stanley No. 1 bench plane. The overall size of this plane is loosely equivalent to a block plane, yet with a rear handle and smaller front tote. Made for small detail work and smoothing operations during touch up. The bronze body lends heft to this smaller size plane, typically smaller iron planes feel light and some users observe the bronze in the smaller plane improves performance.
Lie Nielsen has been making hand planes since 1981, bringing discontinued designs back to production.1
2 This is the first plane of the Bailey series, which Stanley made into the world's standard plane configuration after they bought the patent rights to the design from Leonard Bailey, who was making the planes in relative obscurity in Boston, Massachusetts during the 1860's. Bailey had experimented with several designs, but finally settled upon a style that is still being manufactured, with minor modification, today.
2 This plane was designed to smooth small areas and was found practical by many since it can be used with one hand, much like a block plane is. It never has a number cast on it, nor was it ever provided a lateral adjustment lever. The plane always has a solid brass nut for the iron's depth adjustment; i.e., the brass nut does not have the hollow depression that is typically found on the nuts used on the larger bench planes.
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