$187 Lie Nielsen Vs $35 Jorgensen (The Orange Plane – Lowes) Review and Comparison of the 60 1/2s

$187 Lie Nielsen Vs $35 Jorgensen (The Orange Plane – Lowes) Review and Comparison of the 60 1/2s

This is part 2 of a 3-part series where I am comparing the Top of the Line Lie Nielsen Vs. the big box store Jorgensen Hand Planes. This video is comparing the no 60 1/2, part 1 reviewed the no 4’s, up next is the 101’s!

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00:00 Intro
00:44 Specs
01:50 Parts Comparison
07:10 Sharpening
07:59 More Observations
09:38 Assembly
09:49 Testing LN
11:19 Wasting Time
15:43: Testing Jorgensen
18:46 Testing Both
20:00 Results


  1. STIGGY WATTS on February 14, 2023 at 5:15 am

    I’ll stick with my late 70s Stanley 60 1/2 with it’s lateral adjustment 🙂

  2. Dmytrii on February 14, 2023 at 5:16 am

    Hello. I want to buy it. could you write the dimensions of the jorgensen sole… in numbers…Please

  3. JakobR! on February 14, 2023 at 5:16 am

    I disagree with you that 11:19 – 18:44 was "Wasting Time"; I got something out of watching you troubleshoot the Jorgensen’s issues and then being able to (finally) get it to perform. My two cents would be that’s the difference between an experienced user and a newbie – that you know some where to look if you’re not getting the performance you’re after right away while newer users may not know where to even start and struggle with the fiddling. Forking over the cash on a tool that shouldn’t need much of anything right out the box is the trade-off, especially for newer makers.

    That said, maybe not a bad idea to speed through a lot of it to keep the vid’s length under 30minutes!! My toe in the Jorgensen waters was with this 60-1/2 and all I had to do was sharpen the blade; the adjustment wheels on mine are rough and stiff so I have to agree with most everyone else that it’s gotta be QC where they’re "saving" the money on these. I’ve still some tuning to do on it and I don’t know it’ll ever surpass my Stanley #18 Knuckle block plane as my go-to but I’ll more than likely be keeping it, all the same.

    Great work and you’ve earned a sub, man. Nice vids and nice work!

  4. Mike's Workshop on February 14, 2023 at 5:26 am

    How much is your time worth? How long did you spend putzing with the orange tool? And, now you have a paper shim installed? I’ll stick with the quality tool.

  5. dalepres1 on February 14, 2023 at 5:27 am

    You’ve demonstrated real artisan level knowledge and skill with the planes but I think it says it all that you use the Lie Nielsen to repeatedly true your test piece in order to test the Jorgensen. I think your analysis is spot on. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Rupert 53 on February 14, 2023 at 5:28 am

    I’d go for the Jorgensen so you can throw it in the bin when you’ve used it for a couple of months rather than use it all your life then hand it down to your son so he can hand it down to his son.

  7. Josh DeMarco on February 14, 2023 at 5:29 am

    Haha some of these comments! We sure can be a petty and entitled bunch. Thanks for doing the review! I’ve been eyeing up this plane as well as the smaller one. The orange paint is a little much but they look like a great deal for the price.

  8. buck whilde on February 14, 2023 at 5:30 am

    Good video! Paul Sellers has some great videos on used plane restorations. They include the frog fitment geometry that needed to be addressed on the Jorgenson.

  9. Yang Ji on February 14, 2023 at 5:36 am

    Man, you work so hard. I can’t keep up with your uploads.

  10. Pit Snipe on February 14, 2023 at 5:36 am

    Thanks for the comparison reviews, helps not feeling like a poor country cousin because you didn’t drop a hundred bucks plus on you single tool purchase. Would love to see a comparison with a Spear and Jackson no. four.

  11. TomeOfKnowledge74 on February 14, 2023 at 5:37 am

    Great video! Keep up the good work.

    I’m the guy who did the Unplugged Woodworkers review of the #4 alongside yours. I bought the 60 1/2 plane, and only sharpened the blade, and had it shaving thin, even ribbons that made me happy. So I’m guessing it is a QC issue that I managed to dodge.

    I do wish there was a little less lateral slop in the blade. I think if there was, the blade would not bind so much on the depth knob.

  12. Edward Chatlos on February 14, 2023 at 5:39 am

    After watching all 3 of your videos I bought all 3 of the orange planes. They all work fine. I have owned LIE (it is properly pronounced Lie like telling a fib and NOT LEE. I don’t care how the actual LEE Nielson pronounces it) Nielson planes. Still have one LN plane that wasn’t stolen along with some of my tools including a Stanley # 4 with Ribbed bottom.
    Once I sharpened them and worked on the fit of the plane blade they all worked just like all other well made planes.
    Thank you.

  13. SMEAC on February 14, 2023 at 5:40 am

    That it must be shimmed at all is a non-starter straightway and should be returned.

  14. Reinalyn Echon on February 14, 2023 at 5:41 am

    Why you gotta compare a Lie Nielsen to a Jorgensen? There’s years of development that went into it. Jk jk jk. Good work, my dude!

  15. BENJAMIN DE JONGE on February 14, 2023 at 5:44 am

    For my money the bras one

  16. Mark Hendrickson on February 14, 2023 at 5:45 am

    Where did you get the shirt?

  17. matt c on February 14, 2023 at 5:46 am

    good on you for the review. just a suggestion, watch Paul sellers video on how to restore a older plane. it would show how to test for different things. subbed

  18. Tim _BBQ on February 14, 2023 at 5:54 am

    I’ve noticed that bedding problem on some pretty nice Millers Falls blocks also. Did you check the plane cap iron for consistent contact while it is locked down? For $36 a little fettling is worth the effort, but it might be out of some users comfort zone. Then again, the next one on the shelf may work perfectly.