Lie-Nielsen No. 4 Smoothing Plane
Lie-Nielsen No. 4 Smoothing Plane
£297.95 - £346.96 (£248.29 - £289.13 Ex. VAT)

Lie-Nielsen No. 4 Smoothing Plane

  • Bedrock frog allows mouth to open or close without dismantling plane
  • Fully machined mating fit virtually eliminates possibility of chatter
  • Hand flattened soles
  • Polished cherry wood knob and handle
£297.95 - £346.96 (£248.29 - £289.13 Ex. VAT)

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Featuring the famous bedrock frog, giving the ability to open or close the mouth without the need to dismantle the plane. The fully machined mating fit between the frog and body along with a 3mm thick blade virtually eliminates the possibility of chatter. The soles are hand flattened, the cherry wood knob and handle are polished with a wiping varnish. The A2 cryogenically treated blade only requires a light honing before the plane is ready to use. The manganese bronze No.4 weighs in at a solid 2kg(4.1/2lbs) whilst the ductile iron version is a slightly lighter 1.8kg(4lbs).

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


Model 4
Nett Weight Iron: 1.8 kg (4lbs) - Bronze: 2 kg (4lbs 8oz)
Plane Blade Width 50 mm (2")
Plane Sole Length 240 mm (9.1/2")
Sole Length 240 mm
Reviews (8)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.9 out of 5 based on 8 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



31 January 2017

Lie-Neilson no 4 bronze body bench plane

First of all I must say I agree with the review previous to this by John, yes it's a great plane in quality and looks but you don't buy a plane to look at or at least I don't. a friend of mine from the US brought me one over as a gift but as John says an old Stanley set up correctly sharpened and honed with a razor edge will do just as good a job. I have a full range of Stanley's from a 3 to a very old no 8 and 4 riders and set up sharpened and honed correctly are all very good planes and will compete with anything the top 3 produce and don't cost the earth, I work a lot of oak on mostly grade 1 and 2 listed buildings so it has to be right .


26 July 2016

Good, but at a cost.

I've got 3 or 4 cheep planes I've accumulated over the years, Stanley and the like that I paid 10 or 20 pounds for over the years. I always wanted to try what a 'real' tool was like.
Now know, looks beautiful, planes well. But my Stanley, which looks a mess, and I have to sand the rust off before I use it, cuts just as well. Even tried buying an O1 carbon blade. Tried the all permutations of body and blade, all well honed, and to be honest the cheep crap works just as well if you have sharpened it properly.

I do like my new Lie-Nielson, and the bronze body will not rust in the garden shed like the others.
But if you are strapped for cash, get down to the carboot sales this weekend for your planes. Spend the real money on a good sharpening stone.

Pawel Janiak

24 March 2016

Lie-Nielsen No 4 Smoothing Plane

It's one of the best planes made ever on this earth. I have purchased it in bronze and it's a piece of engineering masterpiece. Once sharpen and set correctly works like a dream. If you can afford it get will serve you to the end of your days on here, thanks.

Peter Ganderton

8 July 2015


Very difficult to describe this plane (bronze body) with words alone, you have to try/use one to truly just how good this tool is. Trouble is, once you've bought your first Lie Nielsen, its the start of an expensive hobby!!

Ian Blackman

27 January 2013

Excellent Tool

Hadn't heard of these untill my 1st visit to Axminster. Purchased one back last year and adding to the collection has become somewhat of an obsession.Very difficult choice between Lie Nielsen and Veritas, same qulaity just a different preferentila chice I suppose.

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