60-1/2 Block Plane Review
The body of this Lie-Nielsen 60-1/2 block plane is ground flat and square to a tolerance of less than .001 in. and features a moveable shoe for precise and easy control over the mouth opening. The bronze cap iron is tensioned with a 1 1/2 in. brass spinwheel. Blade on the Low Angle tool is bedded at 12°, the Standard Angle at 20°. Blades are ground with a 25° flat bevel.
EXCEPTIONAL COMFORT AND CONTROL. Made from manganese bronze, the large, rounded cap iron on this low-angle plane made it more comfortable to hold than any other model. When you combine exceptional machining with an extrathick (3⁄16 in.) blade, you get a tool that provides unmatched control in removing material. While lateral blade adjustment is not quite as easy as on the Veritas plane, I like the way the feed nut is tucked under the cap iron. Together with the narrow profile, this feature makes this plane easy to use with one hand and easy to carry in my tool bag.