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Posted on Please help me choose a low angle jack plane

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-08-2018 10:32 AM

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.

- Johnny7

Makes a lot of sense and well worth considering, but if you insist on a new LA plane, I also would go for the Veritas.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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