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#1 posted 07-02-2019 02:22 PM

Thanks for the input. I included the LN #164 as an option not knowing exactly how it would work with the wood species I use. I’ve read tearout is an problem with LA planes, but I also wonder how they are so popular if they’re also not so good.

Side note, I had a look at your website…you make some wonderful planes! Works of art (and I’m sure they function even better than they look).

Yes, sharp trumps everything. It took me some time to learn how to tune a Japanese plane, but it was like a revelation when all the pieces came together. I would imagine the Mujingfang plane would also require some tuning, but to what extent I am not sure. I’ve never worked with that exact style, so the lower cost would be beneficial in that case. But like comparing Lie-Nielsen to a lower priced competitor, I would imagine the HNT Gordon smoother would be 99% set right out of the box.

I’m not married to the idea of a push-style plane, more of a curiosity thing than anything. I’ve had decent results using a sharp Japanese plane to finish smooth walnut and white oak (38ยบ bed angle), but I know it could be better. I know my ability to make a dai for Japanese blades is beyond me right now, hence my interest in alternatives.

The HNT Gordon website is a dangerous place…every time my wife sees me on the page, she comments on the “tool porn” aesthetic, but she’s also the devil’s advocate and asks me if the prices are worth it…

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