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#1 posted 08-29-2016 11:01 PM

I have an old #4 that I consider to be pretty well set up, with a close mouth a sharp blade and a well fit chip breaker, but I still can’t plane maple with it. The grain reverses a lot, and there is always some tearout no matter which direction I come at it. Sometimes minimal, but there.

I just got a LN LAJ for my birthday. I haven’t tried it yet on the maple, but my plan is to keep one blade at 25degrees for end grain, and do the other at 38degrees for an effective 50degree angle of attack. Hopefully that helps the grain. I’d also like an LN #4 with a 50 or 55degree frog in the future, but that’s more of a want than a need if the LAJ works out ok.

Its a beautiful and well put together plane. If you buy it with an extra blade and get some use out of it, but decide its not enough, you won’t lose too much money reselling it. The ‘rental cost’ isn’t too high, if you think about it that way.


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