Lie-Nielsen No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane
Lie-Nielsen No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane
£322.96 (£269.13 Ex. VAT)

Lie-Nielsen No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane

Code: 421044

  • The ultimate smoothing plane, a tool to be treasured
  • Based on the original Bedrock design, recognised as one of the best
  • Fully machined fit between frog and body, chatter free planing
  • Easily adjusted mouth setting, from coarse to fine for different woods
  • Cryogenically tempered blade with an improved chip breaker, for perfect shavings
  • Finished with polished cherry wood handles, good looks with comfort
  • Ductile iron body, virtually unbreakable
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£322.96 (£269.13 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Lie-Nielsen No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • Lie-Nielsen Plane Sock - Smoothing
  • Veritas Mk.II Honing System
  • Tool Care Kit
Total: £410.40

In Detail

Lie-Nielsen have produced their No. 4 1/2 in ductile iron with a bronze frog and lever cap supporting a 60mm(2.3/8") A2 cryogenically treated blade. Finished with polished cherry wood handles and fitted with a cryogenically treated blade. Like all Lie-Nielsen planes it is a tool to be treasured. Length 263mm(10.3/8"), weight 2.5kg(5 1/2lb).

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This product is on page 211 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.


Model 4.1/2
Nett Weight 2.5 kg (5.1/2lb)
Plane Blade Width 60 mm (2.3/8")
Plane Sole Length 263 mm (10.3/8")
Sole Length 263 mm
Reviews (7)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.9 out of 5 based on 7 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



7 February 2018

LN 4/12 and a bedrock 604/12

Hi again just thought I would add this second review.
I have just retro fitted my bedrock 6041/2 with a veritas cap iron & a Ry Iles iron & I can only say what a transformatio its made to the bedrock, its taken it from a real fine smother to a just surperb all sining & dancing superb smother, ok so its added around 60 quid to the plain but worth every penny
I use a common pitch 45 degre bed angle for soft woods and straight grained hard woods & and a yourk pitch 50 degre for curly grain and it just works superbly, I tell you guys if you work wood day in & day out as I do this is some transformation it will match any plain out their no matter how expensive lets face it 2 of the top producers are based on Stanleys bedrock planes but cost the earth, you can get the same result for a lot less money the 6041/2 required no opening of the throat it all fitted just fine as it was.


1 January 2018

LN 4/12

Yes its a very good plane but at a hell of a cost, to be quite honest an old Stanley 604 bedrock if its sharpened & honed correctly will do just as good a job, I have worked wood for close on 50 years both at the bench & out on site and my old trusty stanleys can (if set up & sharpened correctly) match just about anything sold today and will last a lifetime.

Jed Evans

4 January 2017

You get what you pay for

The decision to own a Lie Nielsen plane comes down to what you are prepared to settle for in your woodworking. I've owned a number of Stanley and Record planes over the years, but their quality is certainly not what it used to be, and buying second-hand original model planes with an intent to restore them can take a lot of work to get a decent result that you can use. Lie Nielsen planes look expensive on the face of it, but when you consider what else is available, I suggest they represent real value for money in terms of what you get when you part with your cash.
When I first took my 4 1/2 out of the box, the first thing that struck me was how heavy and robust it was. It had a real presence, while being quite simplistic in build. These planes really do work straight out of the box, but you can't resist giving the plane iron a little hone prior to use to be absolutely sure you are going to see this wonderful tool at its best.
This plane really does take the finest of shavings and is an absolute dream to use. It is in a totally different class to most other plane manufacturers (I've never tried a Veritas, but I suspect these are very good too) so I would suggest that if you can afford it, and are serious about your woodworking, that Lie Nielsen planes are the obvious choice.
This is my first Lie Nielsen plane, but it most certainly won't be my last.

Frank Owen

5 February 2015

Superb quality and value for money

I have a few Stanley planes of different sizes but at a show I was impressed by the Looks of the Lie Nielsen planes. I tried a few and the demonstrator recommended the 4.5 as the best all rounder so I bought it. I was not disappointed despite the high price as this plane cuts really well straight out of the box, and it handles difficult wood with ease. For the size it is heavy compared to the lightweight Stanley planes. The added weight gives the plane momentum and that powers it through tricky wood. The chip breaker is massive as is the actual blade so there is no tendency to judder and cause tear out.

Despite the weight the plane is very well balanced and a joy to use.

I now look at my Stanley planes with some contempt and even bought a new Lie Nielsen blade and chip breaker to fit into my old Stanley planes plus I spent a very long time flattening the plane sole. The result was an improvement for sure but it is not in the same class as any Lie Nielsen plane. I now have bought several Lie Nielsen planes, spoke shaves, scraper planes etc and the beautiful Lie Nielsen screwdrivers to set them up. Expensive but a joy to use.

I now can plane wood on my machine, and follow that with the 4.5 Lie Nielsen to deliver the thinnest of shavings that you can read a newspaper through! I highly recommend


15 June 2014

4.5 lie nielson plane

This plane has to be the rolls royce of all planes a pleasure to use.It quite expensive but totally worth it , any young joiners coming up buy it ypu will not be disappointed in any way.

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