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#1 posted 07-29-2016 11:46 AM

Most any Stanley Bailey pattern plane, properly tuned, can do the “and prep work”. I own a lot of planes, none are 5-1/4, and not on any list. One could be set up for scrub work, but it would be a $5-$10 one, not a Veritas. I use a cheap SB4 for occasional scrub type work, and a #5 for jack work, a #7 for jointing and large panel flattening. I prefer a 4-1/2 for smoothing, but a 4 works also. All of these are refurbished. For smoothing, the standard 45° bevel down bench plane, including LN and Veritas versions, work up to a point. They start to tear out with reversing, figured grain. It depends on the wood type and grain structure. That’s when a high cutting angle is needed, whether a higher frog angle, low angle smoother with high bevel, high angle woodie, scraping plane, cabinet scraper, or card scraper is needed.

I’d recommend reserving premium $’s for premium brands for a high angle smoother. My personal pick is a Veritas 4-1/2 Custom plane with a 55° frog. Including a 40° frog makes it an end grain/shooting board plane.

As for your original question – set up of a new Veritas hand plane – not a lot needs to be done. Clean it with mineral sprits to remove RP, use your favorite RP on all cast surfaces (I use Alox), wax all moving surfaces and the sole (I don’t use oil on planes, just collects dust) Check the back of the blade for flatness, polish the last ~1/4” of the back, sharpen the blade however you do it, and go to work. My personal prep is more involved, but isn’t “needed”. The sole edged get rounded and sliding components get larger, smoother break edges and the sliding edges get 600 grit sandpaper passed over them, and everything gets waxed. Just helps everything move that much smoother.

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