A float is a tool similar to a rasp, but it cuts more aggressively, and you can sharpen it with a triangular file when it dulls. We’ve covered Lie-Nielson’s Planemakers’ Floats on Toolmonger before — now they offer a new line of joinery floats more suited for cabinet-making and furniture-building.
Their 1″-wide face floats will accurately trim tenons, tongues, and other large surfaces. These face floats feature a cranked-neck handle for trimming recessed surfaces, and they’re available in either pull or push stroke.
Mortise floats square up the ends of mortises. Lie-Nielson sells 1/4″-thick-bodied mortise floats that cut on the push stroke in five sizes: 1/2″, 3/8″, 5/16″, 1/4″, and 1/8″ wide.
Cheek floats work in tight areas, such as mortise cheeks. They’re 1″ wide at the widest point, and they taper away from the handle. They’re available in either push or pull stroke.
Lie-Nielson makes all their floats from S-7 tool steel and hardens them to RC 50-52. All Lie-Nielson’s joinery floats except the face floats will run you $50. The face floats are a little more expensive at $60.
Joinery Floats [Lie-Nielson]