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Derek Cohen

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#1 posted 07-16-2017 04:38 AM

This issue of weight in a smoother is interesting.

I have both the bronze LN #3 and an iron vintage Stanley #3. There is a difference in weight, but I hardly register this. If anything, I prefer the slightly extra mass of the LN. Both are set up to use the chipbreaker to control tearout, and both produce the same performance on interlocked wood.

I have other smoothers with even greater variation. An HNT Gordon woodie weighs next-to-nothing. A Marcou weighs 8lbs !!

You would not want to use a smoother all day long if it is a heavy plane. But who uses a smoother this way? Smoothers are for finishing. All this involves is just a few strokes. Fatigue (due to pushing a heavy plane) is really irrelevant.

Now if we were discussing roughing planes, such as a jack, then I would argue for a woodie and lower weight every time. :)

Regards from Perth


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