Floats are traditional tools used to cut, flatten, and smooth or “float” the surfaces of a wooden plane. Generally floats are craftsman-made and very personal in their construction, but Lie Nielson offers a full range of craftsman-designed float tools.
The Lie Nielson floats are constructed of S-7 tool steel and have study maple handles. They’re handy for all sorts of woodworking projects around the shop besides plane making. They work a lot like a file but they are generally wider and shaped to various points to aid in making surfaces conform to a particular shape. A cheek float, for instance, has a broad, flat wedge shape that allows easy sizing of a mortise to match standardized wedges.
These are seriously sweet if you plan on doing anything wood-related that involves flattening, chamfering, or smoothing flat and curved surfaces.
And Lie Nielson’s tools are almost always on my top-10-cool-things-Sean-would-like-to-have-but-can’t-afford-right-now list.
Street pricing starts at $40.