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.
|Nett Weight||680 g (1lb 8oz)|
|Plane Blade Width||44 mm (1.3/4")|
|Plane Sole Length||165 mm (6.1/2")|
20 June 2017
A great piece of kit. Indispensable in fact...A recent project entailed cleaning up the inside surfaces of a couple of frameworks; something I thought I could do with a paring chisel. I was wrong as there wasn't enough room to use a chisel accurately. The only tool that could do the job properly was the LN Small Chisel Plane...but, it HAS to be set up accurately to work well There is a definite learning curve in it's use regarding where and how to apply hand pressure to make it cut sweetly, though once it's eccentricities are mastered and appreciated, you'll wonder how you ever managed without one. The thick, A2, parallel sided blade makes for easy sharpening in a honing guide and the fine adjustment on the blade makes for precise, accurate setting. There are cheaper alternatives to the LN version, some of which don't have the blade adjustment and another with a 'stepped' blade...pay the extra and go for the LN. It's also well worth watching the promotional video from LN to gain an insight into how this type of plane performs. Highly recommended.
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.