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A near half size version of a No. 97 plane which went out of production in 1944. 165mm(6.1/2") long with a 44.5mm(1.3/4") blade. Weight 680g(1.1/2lb).As a plane it makes a very poor tool, but then that's not its intended function.Where it excels is with the blade set flush with the sole, trimming plugs, through tenons, trimming dovetails flush, cleaning off dried glue lines or into the ends of rebates, as with a removable nose bullnose plane. This plane with its micro-adjuster and 4.8mm(3/16") thick A2 cryogenically treated blade, neither looks nor performs like any other. A great tool.
|Plane Blade Width||44mm(1.3/4")|
|Plane Sole Length||165mm(6.1/2")|
5 February 2015
Brilliant plane for awkward situationsLike all of Lie Nielsen products the 97 ½ chisel plane is beautifully made and just shows off its quality. I do not use this plane very often but when I have to cut fine shavings into a corner this plane gets me out of messes. A chisel could probably deliver similar results but the advantage of having a flat sole to guide the blade is obvious, A worthwhile investment for me at least. and a joy to use.