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Lie-Nielsen No. 51 Shoot Board Plane
Lie-Nielsen No. 51 Shoot Board Plane

Our Price: $512.00

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Product Code: A455

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No. 51 Shoot Board Plane

This single purpose plane is designed to trim miters and other end grain cuts on a shooting board. The skewed cut is exceptionally effective.

Stanley first made its version in 1909. We redesigned the body casting to utilize our standard 2-3/8" Bench Plane Blade and Frog with the Bedrock adjustment.

  • Just over 9 lbs (heavier than the original.)
  • 15" long x 3-9/16" wide.
  • Shoulder height of 2-1/8".

Will fit the original Stanley 52 Chute Board. We plan to offer a companion Shooting Board in the future.

Click here to download plans to make your own shooting board.

  • No. 51 Shoot Board Plane

    The Lie-Nielsen Shoot Board Plane is based on the Stanley 51, which was made between 1909 and 1943 and sold with a companion metal shooting board. Our Shoot Board Plane will fit the original Stanley 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 anlged cuts, such as draft for pattern work.


    The blade is skewed at 20º to the sole.

    Blade Sharpening:

    Your Lie-Nielsen Shoot 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. For more information on advanced sharpening we suggest David Charlesworth’s DVD Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening.

    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" thick. The raised lip under the bevel of the chipbreaker is back beveled 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" 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 by a 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.

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