Tool Test: Lie-Nielsen Medium Shoulder Plane is Exquisite

By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 28

From the August 2006 issue #156
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I’ve long been a fan of large shoulder planes and have many miles on my Lie-Nielsen 073, which I bought the first day it was available. So I wasn’t sure I needed the company’s new 3/4″ shoulder plane when I ordered it.

Surprisingly, the medium shoulder plane gets as much use as the bigger tool. The 3/4″ width gets this tool into the bottoms of dados to clean out the unevenness or junk left by coarser tools. At 2.3 pounds, it weighs almost two pounds less than its bigger brother, which makes it a bit easier to wield when working narrow stock and small rabbets.

And, of course, it excels at its primary job – trimming tenon shoulders and cheeks.

From the August 2006 issue #156
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