on all orders over R1000
on all orders over R1000
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc. is a family-owned business, established in 1981 and based in Warren, Maine in the USA. It manufactures a range of high quality hand tools, primarily for woodworking, based on traditional designs. Lie-Nielsen is best known for its remarkable hand planes. Thomas Lie-Nielsen is the founder and hands on CEO of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks.
In the late 1970s, Thomas Lie-Nielsen (pronounced "Lee-Neelsen") worked for Garry Chin's company, Garrett Wade in New York. In 1981, Garrett Wade's supplier of an adapted Stanley #95 edge trimming block plane, Ken Wisner, was ready to leave the business, so Lie-Nielsen acquired the tooling, plans and components necessary for producing the #95.
Lie-Nielsen moved from New York to a farm in West Rockport, Maine, USA and began production of this plane in a tiny back-yard shed. The first of the new planes was delivered to Chinn at Garrett Wade in the autumn of 1981.
A few years later, Thomas Lie-Nielsen moved into a 384-square-foot (35.7 m2) workshop on the farm, and started production on his second plane, the skew-angle block plane. In 1988, as business grew, Lie-Nielsen bought an 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) building in the town of Warren, Maine, which the company still occupies. In the mid-1990s, Lie-Nielsen moved the entire production to a 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2) facility.
Today, the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks products compete with mass-produced tools from companies such as Stanley and Record, with sales in the order of 20,000 tools a year.
The acquisition of the Independence Tool Co. in 1998 added hand saws to the product line, which has further expanded over the years to include over 50 different models of planes, in addition to spokeshaves, socket chisels, screwdrivers, marking and measuring devices and workbench hardware.
Lie-Nielsen uses manganese bronze and ductile iron castings, and cryogenically treated A-2 steel.
Manganese bronze, a very hard, strong alloy, is the material of choice for Lie-Nielsen tools because it is heavier than iron, doesn't rust, and won't crack if dropped. Where the use of bronze would result in excessive weight in a tool, ductile iron is used instead.
Lie-Nielsen products are expensive when compared to the mass-produced items from the likes of Stanley and Record, but these higher prices are often defended by comparing them with the prices paid 100 years ago for such things as Norris infill planes, which could cost up to "a couple of weeks' wages".
The Lie-Nielsen #51 Shooting Board Plane, (Right Hand Version) is a magnificent single purpose plane, designed to trim mitres and other end gra...View full details
The Lie-Nielsen # 7½ Low Angle Jointer combines the length of a Jointer Plane with the simplicity and flexibility of a block plane. The low ang...View full details
These elegant shoulder planes are vital tools for trimming and improving cut joints, particularly shoulders, rabbets, tenons, and grooves. The Bro...View full details
The Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Skew Block Plane is based on the long unavailable Stanley 140. This multi-talented tool is designed to deal with diff...View full details
Patterned after the Stanley No. 62, the Low Angle Jack Plane is one of our most versatile and outstanding planes. The massive blade is set bevel-u...View full details
Based on the Stanley #60-½, this versatile plane is useful for every sort of woodworking job and a pleasure to use. The moveable shoe in front of ...View full details
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks collaborated with Kentucky based Master Chairmaker, Brian Boggs, and the results are physically beautiful tools with outsta...View full details
The Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Small Bronze Curved Sole Spokeshave is based on a tool that hasn't been available since Edward Preston & Sons wen...View full details
Fishtail Chisels are perfect for reaching the back corners of half blind dovetails and paring other hard-to-reach areas. Their unique shape offers...View full details
The Lie-Nielsen Toothed Low Angle Jack Plane Blade has small chisel-like teeth .030" (.762mm) wide, and spaced .030" apart. They are used for hea...View full details
The Lie-Nielsen Hot Dog is made from cast aluminium and is designed to fit the Lie-Nielsen #62 Low Angle Jack Plane when used as a Shooting Plane.
Keep your Lie-Nielsen #102 Block Plane close at hand with this all-leather holster. This holster quickly snaps over your belt and closes for safe ...View full details
The Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Long Jaws fit blades for all Lie-Nielsen Spokeshaves and for the following Lie-Nielsen planes: #610, #10-1/4, #041, #042...View full details
The Lie-Nielsen Standard Low Angle Jack Plane Blade expands the capabilities of the #62, allowing you to customise your own bevels.
The Lie-Nielsen 90º Low Angle Jack Plane Blade expands the capabilities of the #62, allowing the Plane to be used as a full Scraper Plane.
Rugged Michigan leather wallet hold and protects your Hand Scrapers. Three interior separator flaps, belt loop, brass fittings. Size 4" x 6-3/4". ...View full details