If tools were put into hardware store window displays, may face print would be all over that window in front of the Lie-Neilsen #4 smoothing plane. Now, joy of joys, I own one! I have been dreaming about owning one of these babies for years and now my dream has come true!
Here are the stats; “The No. 4 Smooth Plane is a full size smoothing plane, 9 1/2 long, 2″ x .125″ thick blade, 4 lbs. in Iron. Capable of taking the finest shaving from the most difficult woods. In addition to the A-2 cryogenically treated, double-tempered Tool Steel blade, this makes for a very solid tool that will give excellent results in the most demanding conditions. Ductile Iron body, hand-finished Cherry knobs and handles, soles are ground flat to .001″, the sides are machine ground square to the sole for shooting. Precisely made, fit and finished, these tools are ready for use right out of the box.” OMG, I think I am in love! Of course my wife and daughter’s think that I am absolutely nuts, but I am happy to say that my 17 month old son took an immediate interest in it.
I wonder if women woodworkers love their tools the way men can love theirs?