Wow. I am one lucky guy. My wife and LOML just returned from a trip to Maine. She was taking her aging father on a trip through his childhood home (he now lives in Arizona). They were driving around and all of a sudden she spotted a building with a Lie-Nielsen sign. Being the spouse of a Lumber Jock, she stopped and they went inside to take a look-see. It actually was THE factory. She was treated to a personal factory tour by the very friendly staff. They were so impressed with the workers, the level of attention to detail, and the whole environment. She snapped some pictures of the factory and the store. To honor the occasion, she bought me a Low Angle Smoothing Plane. It is truly a work of art. Both the mouth and Bailey adjusters make it a joy to set up. To quote their literature:
“The Low Angle Smoothing Plane is based on the rare Stanley 164, and is essentially a shorter version of the Low Angle Jack Plane — with an adjustable mouth, and a massive 2” (5.08cm) wide, 3/16” (4.7mm) thick blade, set at 12°. However, this tool is only 9½” (24.1cm) long and weighs 3¾ lbs.
We call it a Smoothing Plane because of its size (the same as our No. 4 Smoother). But like the Jack, it excels at both rough and finish work, and can be converted from one mode to another very quickly. The unique overhead Bailey-type blade adjuster provides smooth depth adjustment at your fingertips.”
Here are some pics of the place:
Here are some returned planes being restored:
And here is their company store complete with wood and benches that allow you to try before you buy:
I am one happy jock. I’ll post a review once I have played with it some more.
-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon