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Posted on Please help me choose a low angle jack plane

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#1 posted 10-06-2018 09:47 PM

Save for the LN or the Veritas. Waiting a month or two is NOTHING against having a tool you will enjoy for the extent of your hobby. If you get a fair Stanley, or an ok WoodRiver, you can probably do what’s needed to make it sing, but there is no work to the premium plane and they will work exceptionally for your lifetime.

Now, if you were asking about a smoother, or a jointer plane, I would suggest finding an old Bailey, Record, or Miller Falls and tune it up and use it. You learn a lot about the plane and know what it takes to get it to sing. The vintage LAJ market is really high due to a lack of supply. I wouldn’t pay $175 or so for a vintage Stanley #62 knowing I could get a LN for less than $100.00 more.

Buy the LN or Veritas. Be Happy.

My two cents.

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