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#1 posted 12-26-2018 08:18 PM

I’m pretty new to planes as well, LN out of the box shouldn’t have major problems. Even my SW planes out of the box did pretty good. It took a few hours of planing with my first #4 to have a baseline to know when it was really dialed in.

Definitely sharpness matters, but if the LN is doing terrible out of the box it probably isn’t that. Two simple things: make sure the shaving appears at the center, and adjust to the point it barely catches anything, and then barely tighten a little at a time. as a test, try to joint the edge of a 3/4 or 4/4 inch board and try at different angles, as that is a comparatively simple procedure.

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