Lie Nielsen Shoulder Rebate Plane - No. 073

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Lie Nielsen 073 Review By: I.Ball


Category: Shoulder Planes

Manufacturer: Lie Nielsen

Plane Type: Shoulder Rebate

Model No: 073

This Lie Nielsen shoulder plane review discusses the three different sized Lie Nielsen shoulder planes. The review includes lots of information and photos about the shoulder planes.

The three sizes of Lie Nielsen shoulder planes are classed as:

- Small
- Medium
- Large

All three shoulder planes are based upon the old popular Record 073 shoulder plane design.

These shoulder planes are each made with a stress relieved ductile iron adjustable body and fitted with a lever cap, plane blade and fine blade adjustment mechanism.



lie-nielsen 073 plane

The planes are also each fitted with a shouldered, bevel edged cutter / blade which spans the full width of the body; it actually sits a fraction wider then the body.

The cutter / blade is placed in position with the bevel facing upwards, also referred to as 'bevel-up'.

The plane cutter / blade is made from A2 tool steel which has been cryogenically treated. This treatment ensures the plane blade holds a good edge for a longer time than most lower-cost plane blades.

The cutter / blade is secured in position with the use of the Manganese bronze lever cap. The lever cap is secured / released by turning the wheel nut located on the underside of the lever cap.

The very top of the plane cutter / blade locates with the fine blade adjustment mechanism’s collet / nut at the rear of the plane. Once located, the collet / nut adjusts the cutter / blade upwards and downwards very smoothly when turned to set the depth of cut.

Note: ensure to loosen the lever cap before making blade adjustments to avoid damaging the plane.

It goes without saying that the body is ground flat and square.


lie-nielsen 073 plane

The body has a curved window running through the body at the cutting area.

The reason for this is: so the cutter can span the full width of the plane in order for the plane to cut right into the corners, so the shavings will curl and flow out of the sides with ease in order to help prevent the shavings jamming, and to a certain extent to help make it easier to see the position of the blade and the cutting area.

Adjusting The Mouth:
The mouth of the Lie Nielsen 073 plane is adjusted by firstly loosening the locking-screw located on top of the plane at the front-end above the nose. The locking screw is loosened using a flat head screwdriver.

The mouth can then be adjusted by turning the mouth adjusting screw located at the very front of the plane on the nose. The mouth screw is also adjusted using a flat head screwdriver.

The locking screw should then be tightened once the required mouth width is found.

Note: be careful not to adjust the mouth so it runs into the plane blade

The Lie Nielsen shoulder planes are each supplied in a Lie Nielsen cardboard box and are designed to be ready for use straight from the box (minor adjustments may be needed to suit individuals preferences).


Cautions / Notes

* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.

- The blade cutter is very sharp, take suitable precautions when using/handling/storing the plane/cutter to prevent injury.

- Failure to loosen parts when making adjustments to the plane can result in damage to the plane such as cross-threading screw threads. Never force a part to move.

- Overtightening parts can cause damage to the plane and the plane threads.


1.

Lie Nielsen Small Shoulder Plane

lie-nielsen 073 plane parts

The Lie Nielsen small shoulder plane is very similar in size to the Record 041 plane while being a small version of the Record 073 plane.

The small Lie Nielsen shoulder plane is 146mm (5 3/4 inch) long, 16mm (5/8 inch) wide and weighs in at approximately 610 grams (1.35 lbs).

The small shoulder plane cutter is also 16mm (5/8 inch) wide and is 3.5mm thick.

The cutter is actually a fraction wider than the plane body to ensure the best cuts are acheived.


Lie Nielsen 073 Small Shoulder Plane Dimensions

Length: 146mm (5 3/4 inch)

Width: 16mm (5/8 inch)


Lie Nielsen 073 Small Shoulder Plane Blade / Cutter

Width (bottom): 16mm (5/8 inch)

Thickness: 3.5mm (1/8 inch)


2.

Lie Nielsen Medium Shoulder Plane

lie-nielsen 073 plane parts

The Lie Nielsen medium should plane is slightly longer and a little bit wider than the small shoulder plane version.

The medium version is similar in size to the old Record 042 shoulder plane with the features of the Record 073 plane.

The medium Lie Nielsen shoulder plane is 196mm (7 3/4 inch) long, 19mm (3/4 inch) wide and weighs in at approximately 1.07 kg (2.35 lbs).

The medium shoulder plane cutter is also 19mm (3/4 inch) wide and is 3.5mm thick.

The cutter is actually a fraction wider than the plane body to ensure the best cuts are acheived.


Lie Nielsen 073 Medium Shoulder Plane Dimensions

Length: 196mm (7 3/4 inch)

Width: 19mm (3/4 inch)


Lie Nielsen 073 Medium Shoulder Plane Blade / Cutter

Width (bottom): 19mm (3/4 inch)

Thickness: 3.5mm (1/8 inch)


3.

Lie Nielsen Large Shoulder Plane

lie-nielsen 073 plane parts

The large Lie Nielsen shoulder plane is substantially bigger than the medium shoulder plane version, weighing towards double the weight 1.81 kg (4 lbs) and being 13mm (1/2 inch) wider.

The large Lie Nielsen shoulder plane is 209mm (8 1/4 inch) long, 32mm (1 1/4 inch) wide and weighs in at approximately 1.81 kg (4 lbs).

The medium shoulder plane cutter is also 32mm (1 1/4 inch) wide and is 3.5mm thick.

The cutter is actually a fraction wider than the plane body to ensure the best cuts are acheived.

The large Lie Nielsen plane is heavily based upon the old popular Record 073 shoulder plane with the length, width and weight being the same.

For this reason this plane is often referred to as the Lie Nielsen 073 shoulder plane.


Lie Nielsen 073 Large Shoulder Plane Dimensions

Length: 209mm (8 1/4 inch)

Width: 32mm (1 1/4 inch)


Lie Nielsen 073 Large Shoulder Plane Blade / Cutter

Width (bottom): 32mm (1 1/4 inch)

Thickness: 3.5mm (1/8 inch)


4.

Plane Construction

lie-nielsen 073 plane parts

Body: stress relieved ductile iron

Lever cap: manganese bronze

Plane finish: bright ground


Cutter Bed: 18 degrees

Overall Cutting Angle: 43 degrees


Lie Nielsen 073 Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: High Quality Oil Hardened Tool Steel

Hardness: 59-61 Rockwell ‘C’

Cutting Edge Grind: 25 degrees

Width (bottom): 18mm (11/16 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape: Squared, with open window slot

Lie Nielsen 073 Plane Markings

"Lie Nielsen USA" - found on both sides of the plane in the black/dark grey area.


5.

Plane Dimensions

Width: 18mm (11/16 inch)

Length: 138mm (5 1/2 inch)

6.

Manufactured Dates

? - Today

7.

Plane Also Known As

Lie Nielsen 073 rabbet plane
Lie Nielsen 073 shoulder rabbet plane

8.

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References

- Lie-Nielsen Tool Works Inc.

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