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Derek Cohen

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#1 posted 04-24-2017 05:16 PM

I have both the Custom #4 and a LN bronze #3. Both are excellent users and capable of smoothing the most interlocked grain. However, to do so, you need to be proficient in setting the chipbreaker around 0.3 – 0.4mm from the edge of the blade.

The LN started life with a 55 degree frog. I hated it. Hard to push and did not provide the ultimate performance I sought. I swapped out the frog for a 45 degree. The lower the frog, the lower the cutting angle, and the smoother the finish …. as long as you set the chipbreaker. The Custom #4 has a 42 degree frog. So it is a slightly better performer than the LN.

Setting the chipbreaker is easier with the custom planes than Bailey planes as the screws are the right way up (bettr visibility).

My review of the Custom planes is a useful read to understand what to purchase, and why.

Regards from Perth


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