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Posted on Bevel Up vs Bevel Down Jack Plane

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#1 posted 08-12-2016 07:36 PM

For jack plane work, i.e. getting timber to dimensions, a Stanley Bailey #5 is hard to beat. I can’t think of any need to buy an LN or LV plane of any model for scrub or jack plane work. If someone just wants to spend $ that way because they have it, ok, but there’s no need to. Smoothers or other models are a different discussion.

I much prefer the lighter #5 to my LV BU LAJ for such work, and I don’t chew up the nice sole of the LV and I’m not afraid of dropping or hitting something, damaging, the old #5. I use the LAJ for the shooting board, other end grain, and flattening panel glue ups if my #7 tears out due to grain. Sometimes use it to joint, and sometimes to smooth large panels. I have a #4 and an SB4 with heavily cambered blades for use as scrub planes. Lightness is a good thing with roughing tools, where mass is a good thing for super smoothers.

While I’m a fan of Paul Sellers, I don’t agree with him that a BU plane tears out more than a BD. All depends on the BU bevel angle. I have a blade at 38°, and it performs equal to a little better than my #5. If the 38° tears out, I go with a 50°. I remember reading that blog by Paul and was a bit surprised by his statement. It didn’t agree with my experience.

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