In the August 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (which mails to subscribers on June 13), you’ll find a review of the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Violin Maker’s Plane (also called the 101), which is based loosely on the Stanley 101. I filmed the short video below to show how the plane comes apart, goes back together, … Read more
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By Megan Fitzpatrick
This wee bronze plane from Warren, Maine, is a reproduction (of sorts) of the Stanley No. 101 plane – a small block plane originally designed for household use and light work (and sold in toy tool chests, according to Patrick Leach’s “Blood and Gore” web site).
But unlike its inspiration, this new version from Lie-Nielsen, which is also called a violin maker’s plane, has all the same features as its slightly larger cousin, the No. 102, including a stainless steel adjuster to advance and retract the blade.
With a sole just less than 3″ long and 11⁄4″ wide, the plane fits comfortably in even the smallest hands, and its size allows you to work very locally indeed, and in tight spaces – and anywhere else you’d typically turn to a block plane. Plus, it’s the perfect size for slipping into an apron pocket or even your pants pocket.
The 7⁄8″-wide A2 steel iron is bedded at 20° for a typical 45° cutting angle.
Preparations are under way for the Lie-Nielsen event here at our shop tomorrow and Saturday. If you’re familiar with these events, you won’t want to miss it, and if you’ve never attended this is a rare opportunity to get your hands on great hand tools, talk to the folks who make them and mingle with … Read more
Last year when we moved the crates for the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event into our former shop, it was a half-hour production with a lot of grunting, sweating and jerry-rigging to get the 3,000+ pounds of Lie-Nielsen goodies off the truck, through inconveniently narrow gates to the “loading dock” outside our doors, over the annoyingly … Read more
OK – you caught me. I’m a lazy cuss, and have bumped the post below back up to the top of the queue, because I can’t be bothered to write a new one. Or maybe, just maybe, we’re hard up against the deadline for the June issue, with the Binder read-through on Thursday, and I … Read more
When Thomas Lie-Nielsen was growing his toolmaking business in the 1990s, he designed an addition to his factory in Warren, Maine, that would be the perfect foundry to cast his tools. The 50′ x 50′ building would have a high ceiling and be right off the production floor and his second-floor office. Time passed. Things … Read more
I have always waited for and dreaded the day when someone made a commercial workbench that I would consider buying. That day might (almost) be here. This week I am in Warren, Maine, to shoot a video for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks on building the Shaker side table from the second issue of Woodworking Magazine. I’ve shot … Read more