Lie-Nielsen Toolworks #51 Shooting Board Plane, Right Hand Version

  • R 9,999.90


The Lie-Nielsen #51 Shooting Board Plane, (Right Hand Version) is a magnificent single purpose plane, designed to trim mitres and other end grain cuts on a shooting board. The skewed cut of this superb plane is exceptionally effective.

Stanley first made its version in 1909. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks redesigned the body casting to utilise their standard 2-3/8" Bench Plane Blade and Frog with the Bedrock adjustment.


  • Just over 9 lbs / 4kg much (much heavier than the original Stanley version.)
  • Length: 15" / 381mm
  • Width: 3-9/16" / 91mm
  • Shoulder Height: 2-1/8" / 54mm
  • Available in Left and Right Hand versions

The Lie-Nielsen #51 Shooting Board Plane is based on the Stanley 51, which was made between 1909 and 1943 and sold with a companion metal shooting board. The Lie-Nielsen Shooting Board Plane will fit the original Stanley shooting board, but can be used with any type of shooting board. Plans for simple shop-made shooting boards are included with the tool. The skew-set blade can be adjusted for lateral adjustment to allow for angled cuts, such as draft for pattern work.


The blade is skewed at 20º to the sole.

Blade Sharpening:

Your Lie-Nielsen Shooting Board Plane is ready to cut wood out of the box. The blade is ground sharp at a 25° bevel. A secondary bevel of up to 5 degrees helps achieve a razor edge quickly. This also improves edge life in hardwoods. 

Mouth Adjustment:

To adjust the mouth opening, loosen the two locking screws at the back of the frog; then turn the middle adjuster screw. Observe the opening in front of the blade. When it is correct, set the locking screws again.

Improved Chipbreaker:

Our Improved Chipbreaker is 1/8" (3.2mm) thick. The raised lip under the bevel of the Chipbreaker is back beveled at 1° to ensure that the leading edge contacts the blade firmly. You should never need to dress this surface, but if you do, use a very fine stone and be sure to maintain the angle. The 25° bevel may be honed occasionally.

For general work, set the end of the Chipbreaker about 1/16" (1.6mm) from the cutting edge of the blade; for the finest smoothing work, set it closer to the edge.

Blade Adjustment:

To advance the blade, turn the adjuster nut clockwise. It is always a good idea to finish adjusting the blade with a slight forward adjustment to take up backlash and prevent the blade from moving. In order to be able to adjust the blade easily, do not overtighten the lever cap screw.


Bodies are cast from Ductile Iron, a very strong alloy that will take a lot of abuse. These castings are fully stress relieved, a process that removes inherent stresses and ensures that the tool will remain flat and true. The blade is A-2 cryogenically treated Tool Steel, hardened to Rockwell 60-62 and double tempered. Lie-Nielsen's heat treating technique ensures that the blade will take and hold a very fine edge for a long time. After heat treating, the blade is fully surface ground on the top, back, and cutting edge, giving a smooth, flat surface that will take a mirror finish very quickly. The thick blade provides solid chatter-free cutting. The cap is Manganese Bronze.


The sole and side are surface ground flat and square to a tolerance of .0015". Depending on how much use your tool gets, an occasional light sanding with 320 grit or finer wet/dry paper on a flat surface will keep the sole and side in as-new condition. 

A light oiling on the threaded rod, the Brass adjuster nut and the lateral blade adjustment lever will keep them moving freely. Many people like the patina that Bronze gets with age and use, but if you wish to keep the finish bright, a little brass polish is in order. The Cherry knob and handle are finished with wiping varnish and should require no maintenance.


Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. 

Occasionally, the tool should be disassembled, cleaned, and moving parts oiled. The blade should be kept lightly oiled to prevent rust, especially when tool is not in use. We recommend Toolcraft Jojoba Oil, which is a  vegetable oil based product and is non-toxic, odour-free and easy to use. 


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