First Look: Lie-Nielsen 610 Low-angle Rabbeting Jack Plane

When you have attended any of the Lie-Nielsen Hand
Instrument Occasions within the final yr and you’ve got a pointy eye, you then
in all probability observed an odd-looking low-angle jack aircraft on considered one of
the benches.

It’s very like the No. 62 that
Lie-Nielsen has been making for a few years, however its sidewalls
are open so you may reduce rabbets on both the left or proper
aspect of the device. And it has cross-grain nickers.

This week I’m in Maine to do some educating and movie a DVD and
I’m instructed the 610 is now in manufacturing and shall be on the
firm’s website shortly. The device will price $245, the identical
value because the No. 62. The physique is 12-Three/four” lengthy with a
2-1/eight”-wide blade.

I received to make use of a manufacturing model of the device whereas educating a
class Saturday. Listed below are some first impressions.

The device is properly balanced and strong. My No. 1 concern with
these kinds of instruments is that the mattress of the device – the half
that helps the iron – will flex beneath strain from the
lever cap. When this occurs, the aircraft will reduce in a seemingly
unpredictable style as a result of the only real has been made considerably

Whereas I didn’t tighten the lever cap all the best way, I
over-tightened it nicely previous the purpose of sanity, and the only real
appeared wonderful.

The 610 is a specialty device for furnishings makers. It’s not
going to interchange your jack aircraft. But it surely does supply a set of
options that may fit your work. Listed below are a few of the type’s
plusses and minuses.

On the plus aspect, the device works fairly nicely at making rabbets
whereas working towards a fence or batten. Its vast width would
additionally make it a wonderful device for making the vast tenon on
breadboard ends of a tabletop. The round nickers are simple to
lengthen from the physique (retracting them rapidly takes slightly
apply). And the lengthy sole of the device makes the ensuing
rabbet good and true, even when the wooden shouldn’t be so flat.

For individuals who construct workbenches or construct timber-frames, this
device is like an superior shoulder aircraft. Due to its open
sidewalls it will probably clear up giant cheeks and tenons. And the vast
iron goes to enhance your accuracy since you received’t have
to take as many passes on a tenon.

Additionally, the wood boatbuilders will in all probability dig this aircraft,
similar to they dig the bevel-down No. 10 bench rabbet aircraft.

On the draw back, you surrender just a few options once you examine
the device to the common No. 62. The 610 doesn’t have an
adjustable mouth. It’s a set mouth aperture and has an
opening that’s fitted to rabbeting and basic work. Additionally,
you can not use this device on a capturing board due to its
rabbeted sides – it would chew up your capturing board with each

As all the time with Lie-Nielsen instruments, the standard, match and end
of all of the elements was prime shelf. The 610 works very nicely
and is made nicely. You simply must determine if it belongs in your
device chest.

— Christopher Schwarz

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