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#1 posted 04-30-2018 06:58 PM

You don’t need fancy new planes to make good
surfaces with planes, you need sharpening
equipment. The irons have to be quite sharp
and the chipbreakers tuned to get excellent
results that will reduce sanding. Even then, you
have to learn to keep an eagle eye on grain
direction and know when to stop planing and
start scraping and sanding.

Old Bailey planes work just fine. If you get really
into it, consider investing in a high-end smoother
because those fine smoothing cuts are what
reduces sanding time and they are easier to
get with an accurately milled plane sole. Mass
helps too, imo, and the high-end planes are
a little heavier than the old Bailey no. 4s are.

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