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Planemakers Floats


Floats are traditional tools used to cut, flatten, and smooth (or float) the critical surfaces of a wooden plane, such as the bedding of the blade, the mouth, and the wedge abutment. They are capable of extremely precise work.

Typically floats have been craftsman-made. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Maine USA have collaborated with contemporary wooden plane makers Clark & Williams to develop these floats and Classic Hand Tools are very pleased to make them available in the UK & Europe.

These floats are made from S-7 tool steel, hardened and tempered to RC 50-52 for edge life and resharpening ability. 8tpi, 80° rake angle, maple handles.

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Lie-Nielsen Bed Floats
Ref: LN-BF


Bed floats are used for fitting the iron to the bed of the plane.

The 1/8" is best for this, the 3/16" is great for trimming and final surfacing of chamfers and other work.

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Lie-Nielsen Bed Floats

Quantity:  


Lie-Nielsen Bed Float - 3/16" - Push 60.00
Lie-Nielsen Bed Float - 3/16" - Pull 60.00
Lie-Nielsen Bed Float - 1/8" - Push 60.00
Lie-Nielsen Bed Float - 1/8" - Pull 60.00



Lie-Nielsen Edge Floats
Ref: LN-EF


Edge floats are used to open and size moulding plane wedge mortises. 1/8" for the narrowest wedges, and 3/16" for the thicker wedges.

The 1/8" edge float also serves as a mouth and abutment saw in making bench planes.

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Lie-Nielsen Edge Floats

Quantity:  


Lie-Nielsen Edge Float - 3/16" - Push 52.75
Lie-Nielsen Edge Float - 3/16" - Pull 52.75
Lie-Nielsen Edge Float - 1/8" - Push 52.75
Lie-Nielsen Edge Float - 1/8" - Pull 52.75



Lie-Nielsen Side Floats
Ref: LN-FS


Side floats work the sides of wedge mortices to open them from the initial sinking. 1/8" thick.

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Lie-Nielsen Side Floats

Quantity:  


Lie-Nielsen Side Float - Push 60.00
Lie-Nielsen Side Float - Pull 60.00



Lie-Nielsen Small Cheek Floats
Ref: LN-FCS


Cheek floats allow easy sizing of the mortise to match standardized wedges, and are useful for a number of other fitting and clean-up jobs. The pull float cuts on the pull stroke, which is handy for some jobs. 1/8" thick.

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Lie-Nielsen Small Cheek Floats

Quantity:  


Lie-Nielsen Small Cheek Float - Push 60.00
Lie-Nielsen Small Cheek Float - Pull 60.00


How to Sharpen Floats