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#1 posted 07-02-2019 10:12 PM

If you don’t already own a #4 hand plane, then you should definitely get one. I have a #3 and for me, it is rarely used. Not to over complicate your decision making process but the Wood River line from Woodcraft is decently nice. I bought a #4 1/2 on a whim when they were on sale and was impressed with the quality. I am one of those guys that enjoys restoring old planes and did notice that the sole needed some flattening but YMMV.

Regarding bevel angles, JayT nailed it. Sharp is the key. I’ve never really noticed a significant difference in bevel angles… But a sharp edge will change your life.

Regarding soft/hard wood, I have too many planes… Like waaay too many. That being said, I do not have any “for hardwood.” All my planes are fettled and sharp and ready to go for any project. Hard, soft or ply (hold for gasps).

If you can afford the LN #4 Bronze body, I recommend it. You’ll hand that tank down to your grand kids. It may sound silly, but the biggest downside to it for me is the weight. It is significantly heavier than a stanley.

-- Tyler - Central TX

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