Clifton No. 3 Bench Plane


Clifton No. 3 Bench Plane

The Clifton Planes are one of the best in the world, with a rich heritage of tools ‘made in Shefield.’

The No. 3 is a compact smoother, designed to smoothen surfaces of small pieces or with restricted access; or to spot-fix local trouble. At just over 50 mm wide, the Clifton No 3 weighs a full 1.7 Kg which makes it heavier than many other manufacturers No 4s. This, together with its narrow cutting blade, makes it ideal for precise smoothing work.

Based on the Bedrock pattern, it is sturdy, capable and a joy to work with. The blade is made of O1 steel cryogenically treated which means you can get a sharp cutting edge that is hard to achieve with other iron steels.

  • Sole length: 242 mm
  • Blade width: 44 mm
  • Blade thickness: 3 mm
  • Iron bedded at 45?
  • Bevel angle 25?
  • Weight: 1.7 Kg


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The Clifton Planes have a long tradition of craftmanship, and are the last ones still made largely by hand in Sheffield, England.
Considered an investment by many woodworkers, these planes are ready to use out of the box. No need to flatten and tune, just a quick blade sharpening will do.

The body and frog are made from precisely machined grey cast iron with their sides and sole fully ground and dead flat. The knob and handle are carefully shaped, sanded and sealed from walnut. The 3mm thick iron blade is made from cryogenically treated O1 steel, hardened and tempered to 60-62 Rockwell C. The Cap Iron has a single piece design to offer rigid clamping. The Frog locating pins and screws are made from ground stainless steel and are polished. The lever cap is made from grey iron casting, polished. Both the screws and adjusting wheel are made from polished brass.

The frog and frog seating in the body of these planes are based on the BEDROCK design, ensuring total stability of the Frog and providing a firm surface for the cutting iron. The bedrock design allows mouth adjustments without disassembling the tool and to easily set the mouth to a tight position that can get you the finest of shavings even in the most difficult woods.

Additional information

Weight1.7 kg
Dimensions242 × 44 cm
Plane type

Smoothing plane

Sole length

242 mm

Blade material

Cryogenically treated O1 steel

Blade thickness

3 mm