Clifton Planes

Clifton Planes

Made in Sheffield using traditional methods and materials, Clifton planes are beautifully engineered tools.

With a lineage that stretches back through Clico, Record, C & J Hampton, Woden and back to Edward Preston & Sons of Birmingham, Clifton is truly the final distillation of British handplane making expertise.

Every Clifton plane casting is fully annealed, an expensive process that introduces greater stability than weathering and introduces strength to the grey iron without any loss of stiffness - critical in an object that you want to remain as true as possible. After careful machining the bodies are precision ground and checked to 1.5 thou in order to ensure that they will be well within the British Standard of 3 thou by the time they get to the customer - wherever in the world they may be.

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  1. Clifton Low Angle Block Plane (Adjustable Mouth)

    £288.00

    The new Clifton block plane is based on the proportions of a No. 9-1/2 low angle block plane and sits particularly well in a medium to large hand.

    The blade of the Clifton is made from roll forged O1 carbon steel and given the same superb heat treatment as the bench plane irons with a cap, laminated from solid brass and Hardwood

    • Sole Dimensions: 2" x 6-3/8" (50 x 163mm)

     

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  2. Clifton No 3 Smoothing Plane

    £300.00
    The smallest of the Clifton range, the No 3 is a compact smoother, designed for making the final passes to produce a flawless surface. It comes with a thick, cryogenic iron made from Sheffield carbon steel, with a two-piece chipbreaker with a pre-sharpened detachable cap....
  3. Clifton No 4 Smoothing Plane

    £300.00
    The Clifton No 4 is the most popular size of smoothing plane. Designed to take an incredibly thin shaving from wood that has already been flattened, leaving a flawless silken surface. 9-1/2" long with a 2" cryogenic cutting iron it feels sturdy and capable from the moment you first pick it up....
  4. Clifton No 4 1/2 Heavy Smoothing Plane

    £312.00
    This 10-3/4" long heavyweight smoothing plane is equipped with a full 2-3/8" wide blade to cover a large area with fewer passes. With a fine set and a sharp blade, the Clifton 4-1/2 leaves an immaculate, almost polished surface, even in heavily figured timber....
  5. Clifton No 5 Jack Plane

    £318.00
    The Clifton No 5 jack plane has become the all rounder of the modern workshop. At just under 14" long it is a very useful plane for flattening out problems like cupping, bowing and twist and for removing snipe, scalloping and saw marks. It is a very effective plane to use with a shooting board....
  6. Clifton No 5 1/2 Heavy Jack Plane

    £324.00
    The Clifton No 5-1/2 heavy jack plane is a slightly longer, wider and heavier version of the Clifton No 5 and used for the same wide range of applications....
  7. Clifton No 6 Fore Plane

    £348.00
    18" long with a 2-3/8" blade the Clifton No. 6 fore plane is a more manageable size than a full length jointer and perfectly capable of accurately jointing edges up to 6 feet long and makes an excellent choice for shooting as well as jointing boards and flattening large panels....
  8. Clifton No 7 Try Plane

    £372.00
    At 22" (over half a metre) long, the Clifton No.7 is big, solid, accurate plane designed for flattening surfaces and preparing the edges of boards that are to be joined together. The balance of the Clifton makes it much less unwieldy than you might imagine, indeed for some woodworkers the No.7 is their main handplane....
  9. Clifton No 400 Detail Plane

    £82.20
    A delightful little plane for the finest delicate trimming and fitting operations, the Clifton 400 can get into all sorts of tucked away places that would normally be out of reach....
  10. Clifton No 410 Shoulder Plane

    £186.50
    Light, narrow and extremely accurate, the Clifton 410 is a perfectly proportioned shoulder plane for one handed use. At just 11/16" (18mm) wide, the 410 is perfect for cleaning up machined rebates and housing joints as well as trimming tenons....
  11. Clifton No 420 Shoulder Plane

    £199.50
    An accurate and practical shoulder plane is a must have item for producing neat, attractive, mortice and tenon joinery and the Clifton 420 is a very fine example of this indispensable tool. The sole, sides and bed of the normalised grey iron casting are precision machined, whilst the front, top and rear are polished to a mirror finish....
  12. Clifton No 770 Bullnose Plane

    £132.20
    The Clifton no 770 fixed bullnose is a truly delightful little piece used for final fitting of one of the most important joints in cabinetmaking - the rebate. Small and light enough to be used one handed, and if necessary at arms length to reach inside a carcase after assembly....
  13. Clifton No 3110 Chisel / Bullnose / Shoulder Plane

    £211.50
    Configurable as either a shoulder, bullnose or chisel plane the Clifton 3110 is a very versatile piece of kit and will outperform almost every equivalent single function plane on the market. As a shoulder plane it fills the hand nicely and the generous width means it can be used for fettling the cheeks of tenons as well as the shoulders. ...
  14. Clifton No 500 Convex Spokeshave

    £114.00
    Beloved of chairmakers the world over, the Clifton 500 is a serious production tool; equally happy taking heavy cuts to establish a shape, or taking more delicate shavings to refine a surface. Cast from spheroidal graphite iron and polished to a mirror finish, the body has a hefty feel and sits firmly on the timber. The steep 45 degree cutting angle makes deft work of knots and tricky grain....
  15. Clifton No 550 Concave Spokeshave

    £114.00
    The Clifton 550 concave spokeshave is a wonderful tool for working on spindles, handles, chair legs, etc. The rounded cutting edge makes it much more efficient than a flat spokeshave or drawknife on cylindrical workpieces. The body is made from spheroidal graphite iron with a weighty feel in the hand and the thick, heavy blade takes a superb edge. ...
  16. Clifton No 600 Flat Soled Spokeshave

    £114.00

    Clifton's direct lineage from Edward Preston Ltd of Birmingham is clearly evident in the design of these gorgeous spokeshaves.

    Cast from unbreakable spheroidal graphite iron, the contact surfaces are hand buffed to a bright finish in contrast with the finely precision ground cutting iron and naturally textured cast surfaces.

    The blade advance mechanism is mounted to the lever cap rather than the body, so that the blade can be s...

  17. Clifton No 650 Curved Sole Spokeshave

    £114.00

    Clifton's direct lineage from Edward Preston Ltd of Birmingham is clearly evident in the design of these gorgeous spokeshaves.

    Cast from unbreakable spheroidal graphite iron, the contact surfaces are hand buffed to a bright finish in contrast with the finely precision ground cutting iron and naturally textured cast surfaces.

    The blade advance mechanism is mounted to the lever cap rather than the body, so that the blade can be s...

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