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Posted on Please help me choose a low angle jack plane

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#1 posted 10-08-2018 02:51 PM

I agree with Johnny 7.

First order of business I suggest replace that bench plane ASAP. You can search for a vintage Stanley (or pay too much on Ebay) but to get up and running, IMO you can’t go wrong with the WoodRiver models. (Be prepared to spend some time flattening the back).

I “saved up” for a LN LA Jack and yes, its worth saving up for. I definitely would not recommend any modern Stanley plane.

That said, its turned out to be of limited use for me in my shop.

I originally bought it intending as a shooting plane (got the hotdog attachment). But in my hands, the plane is too small, too light, and too short. So I’m back to using a #6 as my shooter.

The only time I specifically reach for the LA is planing end grain, and truthfully that’s really finding a reason to use it.

I guess one big advantage in a bevel up would be having multiple irons honed at high bevels for unfriendly grain.

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