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Posted on Please help me choose a low angle jack plane

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#1 posted 10-14-2018 11:21 PM

OK, I’ll put in my $.02. From 30+ years of using, collecting, and restoring old tools, my user planes include a full set of Stanley’s including a LA 62. It gets very little use. You mentioned building a bench. My own bench top of Beech and Maple was flattened with a Bailey No. 7 and 8… The specific plane I use depends on what the work requires. If working end grain, the LA 62 is great, if jointing or flattening, a long 7 or 8, if finishing, a 3, 4, or 4 1/2… If I had to choose just one bench plane for all work, it would be an early Stanley 5 1/2. It can be adjusted to most any task. It’s heavy enough for flattening, long enough for most panel jointing, and can be set up as a heavy smoother… LN planes are top notch, I have a couple for “special” jobs ;-).
Quite expensive relative to the work I do… And then, using tools older than I am just feels right. Most of my planes are from estate sales, junk shops, yard sales, etc. I rarely use C. List or fleabay. Just be patient!

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