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Lie-Nielsen No. 3 Bronze Smooth Plane

Lie-Nielsen No. 3 Bronze Smooth Plane
Highland Item # 434264

Price : $325.00
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Lie-Nielsen No. 3 Bronze Smooth Plane

Smoothing Planes, the smallest of Lie Nielsen Smoothing, Jack, and Jointer bench plane categories, number #1 through #4 1/2. In general Smoothing Planes are used for the final finish, creating a wood surface as smooth or smoother than sandpaper can. At 9 inches long and just 3.55 lbs, the No. 3 is sized in the middle of the smoothing category, making it capable of ultra-fine smoothing. You will find it more suitable for small scale projects where a two-handed plane can't go, but still with enough heft to work hard woods effortlessly. Also with its narrower blade the No. 3 is ideal for the last few licks on a trouble spot.

Each of these planes features meticulous construction, low-tolerance machining and Bed Rock body and frog design. Soles and sides are milled reliably flat and square, and their finish is so smooth that they hardly need more than a well-buffed coat of wax to be practically friction-free. Bed Rock castings, both sole and side rails, are considerably heavier than those of Bailey-style planes, and the frog in particular is radically more stable, supportive and adjustable. The throat opening can be altered without removing the iron, which remains supported all the way to the heel of the bevel regardless of how tight a throat you set. Lie-Nielsen irons are likewise heavier and more carefully processed than run-of-the-mill tools. They're tempered to Rc 60-62 for excellent edge longevity, and the rigidity afforded by their 1/8" thickness makes their performance simply outstanding. These planes cut beautifully where others fail: reversed grain, quilted or fiddleback timbers, even knots and end grain can be shaved cleanly, with no tearout, no chatter, no loss of control at all.

The smaller plane sizes up to No. 4 are cast in silicon bronze, larger sizes in cast iron (note that 4s are also available in cast iron). On all sizes, the handle and front knob are gloss-finished cherry, and the lever caps are gleaming bronze.

No. 3 is Bronze body only, Iron Width: 1-3/4" Overall Length: 9" Weight: 3.55 lbs. Made in the U.S.A.

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