far as I can remember, these milling machines have been waiting,
useless, in a corner of the Liogier workshop.
They date back from the period when my grandfather was
producing, besides hand-stitched rasps, some milled teeth files
for car body repairing (yes, at this time they took the effort
to repair the bodywork of a car after an accident, they did not
replace the part immediately…).
I’ve never been able to bring myself to scrap them, perhaps
waiting unconsciously a reason to restart them one day.
The opportunity came thanks to some of my English speaking
customers (from UK, Australia, Canada & USA) that kept asking me
if I could make them some “floats”.
It took us some times to understand each other because these
tool strangely never existed in France !
So here it is now !
After overcoming the difficulties of transcontinental
understanding and many technical difficulties, the first model
of Liogier float, a standard flat joinery float, came out the
The joinery float popular among patternmakers and cabinetmakers
of the past has regained popularity among modern hand tool
users. This joinery float is ideal for smoothing wood surfaces,
such as the cheeks of tenons or the sides of mortises; anywhere
that a flat smooth surface is desired.
This float has a broad face which makes it easy to register on a
surface ensuring your work-piece stays flat and helps to avoid
round-overs where they are not desired. The float can be used
right out of the case, however a quick sharpening with an extra
thin taper file will improve the cut. The float should be
sharpened occasionally with use to maintain a keen cutting edge.
Spec : Width : 25mm (approx 1″) / Thickness : 4mm / Working
length : 180 mm (approx 7″) / Total length with handle : 330mm
(approx 13″) / 9 tpi / €28.00 in the
I am currently working on extending the range. The next model
may be a cranked tang float (a bit like an ironing rasp) or a
thiner flat one. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have
an advice about floats or an idea on which models can be useful.
Thank you !
My Website: Liogier