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Posted on Bevel Up vs Bevel Down Jack Plane

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#1 posted 08-12-2016 04:33 PM

It depends on what other planes you have. Honestly, I think I’m going to get rid of my low angle smoother and get a bevel down #3 or #4 instead. It requires a lot more force to use a bevel up with a high angle compared to a bevel down with a close set chipbreaker. That being said, if you do work with end grain, a low angle is significantly better.

And honestly, for a jack plane, why buy new? You certainly can, of course. But I would spend the money on a nice Lee Valley or Lie-Nielsen plane where it matters on a smoother or on a jointer. Jack planes are used for more rough work and don’t need to be as precise. I’m not going to say that buying new planes are stupid. Half of my planes are LV or LN. But they are planes where the better quality manufacturing makes a difference. You can buy a #5 or #5 1/2 already restored and set up for 1/3-1/2 the cost if you don’t want to clean it up yourself.

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