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Posted on To Jack or to Smooth, that is the question

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 07:07 PM

I haven’t encountered any situations where I needed my LN 62. I definitely prefer my 4(1/2) as a smoother. My LN No. 7 is better for shooting due to weight and width of blade unless I’m shooting a very hard wood, in which case the low angle helps a bit.

I try to tackle challenging grain with extreme sharpness and fine settings on my LN 4(1/2). There may be situations where the 62 could work and the 4(1/2) couldn’t, but I haven’t found them yet.

I know about the “have a million different blades” strategy for the 62, but I’m not gonna spend time switching in and realigning blades all the time. I’m gonna reach for the plane that I’ve set up perfectly already.

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