Clifton plane castings are fully annealed axerophthol cognitive process that introduces greater stability than weathering and introduces strong point to the white-haired iron. Some planes, such as the Stanley Bedrock line and the bench planes made by Lie-Nielsen and WoodRiver/ Woodcraft have a screw mechanism that allows the frog to be adjusted without removing the blade. I’m happy to say that when I share my views with my clients they are often impressed that things like LN planes are made here in the US. So while I am not against imports I can honestly say that in this case my using tools made here does have a positive impact on my business. I am desperately sad that these blades are no longer being made and not offered by the new management at Clifton.
For this reason, the thick, laminated irons fitted to wooden jack and similar bench planes are frequently found to be ground to about 12-1/2deg. A jointer plane, or Try” plane, is an essential bench plane” for truing the edges of boards, especially for gluing them together or using as a reference face for marking & measuring. It looks like these planes are identical version of the Woodriver planes sold in the US without the brand name on the cap iron. Instead of being expelled from the center of the plane and exiting from the top, these planes have a slit in the side by which the shaving is ejected.
Until then, beginners like myself in the UK have very few options to obtain good quality kit at affordable prices. I’ve used a Clifton plane in college and, in comparison with a couple of Lie-Nielsen’s I’ve also tried, you can definitely feel the extra weight of the tool. The frog is screwed down to the inside of the sole through two parallel slots and on many planes is only adjustable with a screwdriver when the plane iron is removed. I agree I should buy Clifton, but over here in the UK they are a comparable price to LN without the solid reputation for quality. Stretch your tool budget by using different blades in one low-angle jack plane.
I’ve seen incredibly inspired work done with a seven dollar chisel a homemade mallet and an inexpensive set of bench top tools. A fore plane or try plane, 18 to 22 inches, is used between the jack and jointer, and is the one a workman was most likely to forgo. When any bench plane comes into the workshop at Rowden we check the perimeter flatness on a ground granite slab that has been certificated for compliance to almost atomic flatness. From left to right we have a Block Plane, No4 Smoothing Plane, No5 Jack Plane, No6 Fore Plane, No7 Try/Jointer Plane.
When we didn’t have very good bevel up planes made by both Veritas and Lie Nielsen this was valid information, now it’s not, it’s very confusing information. I guess I didnt mean the actual casting of the plane body but what I have found was that the chip breaker on the Clifton was not machined so well. A jack plane is around 14 inches (360 mm) long, continues the job of roughing out, but with more accuracy and flattening capability than the scrub.
As a side note, the late (and great) Alan Peters chose to use his No. 7 (a much larger plane than the No. 5) as his smoother, which demonstrates quite a bit of flexibility in these planes. Modern hand planes are made from wood, ductile iron or bronze which produces a tool that is heavier and will not rust. Although shoulder planes will easily plane rebates, they are principally designed for planing end-grain, so they are bevel-up planes.
The new cryogenic Clifton cutting iron is precision ground and carefully quenched to maximise martensite formation before being tempered to optimise the edge taking and retention qualities that Sheffield steel is famous for. There was roughly 1” between the longest and the shortest plane here, and I really doubt that it would made any significant difference when dealing with boards that were mildly out of flat.
So, when you are making a decision which brand to choose, you really need to be thinking about the style of plane you will enjoy using. But, a number of other posters suggested that both Wood River and Lie-Nielsen have a common ancestor in the Bedrock planes made by Stanley from the late 1890s until the early 1940s. I see those same hand planes being used every day and I know with satisfaction I’ve given my friends something beyond dollars and cents.
As for the L&N it wasnt the bronzed 1 i tried but still felt weighty and i did read somewhere that there castings are near on indestructable not that i plan on throwing the plane out of any windows. Both the Marcou and the LV plane use a Norris-style adjuster mechanism (and both use the same Lee Valley blades). The front knob and rear tote of the review plane were both made from Rhodesian Teak, also known as Zambezi Redwood.
Results single decade of 10 Clifton Hand Planes and replenishment blades at Highland Woodworking authorized Clifton turn over Plane dealer. It’s a small detail, but tbh I’m a little surprised there wasn’t a correction/addendum sooner – and I’m sure that’s part of why Chris is revisiting his review now. The rabbet plane , also known as a rebate or openside plane, which cuts rabbets (rebates) i.e. shoulders, or steps. The plow/plough plane , which cuts grooves and dadoes (housings) not in direct contact with the edge of the board. It’s substantially bigger than most smoothing planes, being a similar length to a jack plane.
I don’t own a powered jointer or a jointer plane and would just have my wood milled by the lumber yard, so I guess and no. 4 or 4 1/2 would make more sense in this case. This was an especially tough time for Clifton (a very small firm) and there was never any question that any problems that slipped through weren’t put right in short order. The length of the No. 5 is such that it can also perform the role of a jointer”, if you are working on smallish pieces of wood, perhaps for little boxes or the like. Remember, it is virtually impossible to successfully repair a cracked plane body.
If you decide to give the cambered shape a try, you can check out the DVD: Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening ”, by David Charlesworth, which provides excellent instruction. As for patent protection, Thomas Lie-Nielsen has no patents on his bench planes, and if he did he would be entitled to the full coverage of protection afforded to patent holders in exchange for disclosing his innovations and putting them in the public domain at the end of the term of the patent.
For most plane irons I take a picture at 200 times magnification after each set of 50 passes, usually to a total of 150 passes. I believe these planes have been sold under different names and supplied in the U.S I dont know if their quality control has improved since they appeared but they are great planes now. After looking at their technique and scratching our heads we took a look at the planes & found that both were very slightly hollow just behind the blade and in front of the handle.
I’ve had a Clifton burnisher (and set of Cliffy scrapers) for years and just love it/them. H: The tote is a handle on the rear of the plane.(Some aficionados object to the use of the word tote preferring handle). I’ve also used the Stanley No. 148 Come & Go” Tongue & Groove Plane , but didn’t like it quite as much as the Stanley No. 48. Good think too, because they’re rarer & a bit more expensive.
A regular reader contacted me offline as there were problems posting here and pointed out that the WoodRiver v3 planes which has had input from Rob Cosman is made by Quangsheng. Clifton spoon bits are hand forged from the best carbon-steel and then ground with the highest precision. I didnt expect this to be a moral / political decision and more of a quality / value decision, but the more I learn about these QS planes the more Im torn. Normally it makes a whole lot more sense to purchase a LN new if the same plane is offered.