Based on an original Stanley design, the Lie-Nielsen version is a great improvement on its predecessor. This quietly efficient hand tool centres on 3/4" (19mm) stock, leaving a 1/4" (6.35mm) wide tongue. On narrower or wider boards the tongue will be offset but obviously hidden within the joint. One major improvement is in the use of a single forked blade rather than two separate blades. This single O1 tool steel iron is simple to sharpen and hone. Set up is also extremely simple. The fine tolerances in machining the frog ensure that the blade is always square on to the base. The fence, fixed to the base at its halfway point, can be rotated and locked. In one position, both sides of the blades are exposed to cut the tongue. Rotating the fence into its other position hides one side of the blade leaving the other exposed to cut the groove. Depth is pre-set by the milled groove in the body casting. The tote and the front knob are cherry wood, the lever cap is brass. Overall length 260mm
|Nett Weight||1.3kg (2lb 14oz)|
|Plane Sole Length||260mm (10.1/4")|
29 December 2016
A time saverThis is an excellent plane if one wants to do long and many tongue and grooves! This is my first LN plane and I really loves it! This far I have gone for Veritas planes (when it comes to premium planes), so for the present project I got the Veritas Plow plane with the extension kit and a tongue blade. As my experience with all my Veritas tools the plow plane is excellent in it primary task (i.e. being a plow plane, even small rebates along grain works very well). However, to do long tongues with it did not work that well. At least not with my restricted experience in plane use. Thus I ordered the LN groove and tongue plane to finish the project. The 900 mm long tongues were produced in between approx. 5 and 10 minutes dependent on the number of knots in the material. One could also note that the iron is cutting through the knots with out much effort. In sum I cannot see that I ever will regret that i bought this plane, it has been a time saver to me, and I plan to use it for many projects to come.