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Posted on Please help me choose a low angle jack plane

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Johnny7

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#1 posted 10-07-2018 09:46 PM

Take this advice in the spirit in which it is offered

As a a self-proclaimed novice woodworker, a specialty tool like the LA jack is one of the last planes you should be looking to buy.

Start with a standard #5 jack (I too advocate an inexpensive, easily-found, vintage Stanley).
You could add a smoother (#4), and even a jointer (#7 or 8).
In short, you could assemble a trio of versatile planes, and still be short of what you’d spend on a new LA jack.

In addition, the knowledge, familiarity and skill you’d acquire disassembling, cleaning, and tuning vintage models is invaluable.


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