Shop Tools #11: A new plane - 6/16/2008

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 06-17-2008 04:58 AM 3425 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I drove down the the SF bay area from my home in Sacramento this morning and ran through Woodcraft looking for a birthday present for myself. After spending a few minutes looking through the Lie-Nielsons in the case I settled on a LN-62 Low angle Jack Plane. I also considered getting one of the small (LN-102) block planes and a mini router plane, or one of the shoulder planes. I finally settled on the LN-62 because of it’s versitality and good reputation. Basically, you can use this plane to remove serious stock, perform smoothing tasks, as a scraping plane and also on the shooting board.

It will be the weekend before I get a chance to play with it. If I have time I will review the plane.

Lie-Nielson LN-62 Low Angle Jack Plane

Anyone have the hot dog attachments or any of the specalized blades? I am wondering if they are worth the money.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#1 posted 06-17-2008 05:36 AM

I love this plane – I have two blades for it, one kept at 25-26 degrees (37-38 total) for shooting and softwood flattening and one with a 50 degree angle of attack for a 62 degree total, for woods that want to switch back on you left and right. However, I’m still a bit more comfortable scraping tricky woods. I didn’t know there was a way to convert it to a scraping plane…is that new? I’ll have to look into it!

Happy Birthday! Good choice. You’ll need the other tools you mentioned too though!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 06-17-2008 05:48 AM

LN Sells a 90 degree blade for the plane that is used to make it a scraper plane. The photo above is a live link to the plane on the LN-Site.

(BL-62-90 90 degree blade for L-N Low Angle Jack Plane $40.00)

Also, Christopher Schwarz wrote a review of the plane which can be found at the following link:

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-17-2008 05:54 AM

Cool – so the 90, sitting in the bed acts as a scraper held at 78 degrees from the vertical plane??? Didn’t know about that… Another great use for the plane. Does that mean that I don’t have to get the #112, even though it’s on the list? ;)

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 06-17-2008 06:03 AM

I really want need a 212 or is that want LOL. I will have try the 90 degree blade out and see. Although, cabinet scrapers are fine for now.

Relative to getting the others, I really do have the block plane department covered, been looking for a small Stanley or Record router plane and thinking of getting a Veritas shoulder plane. Will just have to wait on the plane gods and see what comes my way.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 06-17-2008 06:12 AM

Good for you, Wayne. That is an awesome plane. It’s been about a month now but I attended a dinner with Thomas, John Economaki, and Chris Schwarz, and Chris asked each of them that if they had to choose only one of their own tools which one would it be – this is the tool that Thomas went for almost without hesitation. I own the 164 and absolutely love it. This is next on the list for me.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#6 posted 06-17-2008 08:41 AM

Great purchase for a lifetime Wayne & happy birthday.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 06-17-2008 10:37 AM

This looks like it could be the right next purchase for me. I’ve got some figured bubinga ‘maturing’ until its ready to become a very special box for someone. Damage to my wrists means that scrapers are not an option so I’m looking for some way of planing highly figured woods.
Would really like to hear your assessment once wou’ve tried various blades etc.

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#8 posted 06-17-2008 11:02 AM

Thanks for this post, and so timely! I’m heading to Maine in about 15 minutes and of course had to check LJ before I left and came across this. Planning on dropping by LN tomorrow and have been wrestling with what plane to buy (you know I will be tempted!). This sounds like a great starter piece. Thanks!

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#9 posted 06-17-2008 01:44 PM

Happy birthday!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 06-17-2008 02:50 PM

great purchase wayne. I’ve seen this one around and it looks like a really nice plane! can’t wait to see how it works, thanks for the post!

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#11 posted 06-17-2008 03:32 PM

That’s a nice piece of iron, Wayne. I find that my Veritas LAJ is the most used plane in my bunch, other than a LAB. Nice score!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 06-17-2008 10:13 PM

If you don’t want to review it I’m sure one of the other jocks here (myself included) would love to take it for a spin for you; Of course that could take a few weeks….... :) lol

Happy Birthday Wayne!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 06-21-2008 02:57 PM

That’s a lovely tool and one that I plan to own as well… someday. I too, choose tools for using in different situations or needs. Swapping irons and varying the mouth opening in a tuned plane makes it a particular and predictable pleasure to use. And that particular L-N is quite an adept tool. I also lust for their low angle smoother too.


P.S. Oh, and I’m more than a little jealous. Good you live on the other side of the continent. HA!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#14 posted 06-22-2008 06:21 AM

Happy birthday, Wayne. That’s quite a nice birthday present. Enjoy using it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 06-22-2008 06:53 AM

Happy belated birthday Wayne! Hope you enjoy this plane——as you know I just got one as well. Have not been able to take it for a spin yet.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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