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#1 posted 07-05-2019 03:35 PM


2. High Angle on a BD woodie, such as the HNT Gordon smoother (the one without the adjuster). The high angle Mujingfang also has a 60 degree bed. These are superb planes. (I am speaking from experience here – I have all these planes and have used them for a very long time). The only downside of the Gordon is that you need to learn to set the blade with a hammer. That should take … oh … 60 seconds.

3. High cutting angle on a bevel up plane. The absolute best BU smoother – and an absolute bargain – is the Veritas BU Smoother. Use with a 50 degree blade (no, not the one sold by Veritas with 50 degrees, but a 25 degree primary bevel with a 50 degree secondary. Ask me why if you want to go down this path). The advantage of this plane is that it will plane everything you throw at it. And it is so simple to set up. Highly reliable.

Get Veritas PM-V11 steel where you can. It is worth it. I also use it in a LN #3.

Sorry for the late reply, holiday festivities this week curtail any free time…

No worries on setting a plane with a hammer…I’ve been using Japanese planes for a while. Terry Gordon has some good videos also on using their planes, or at least I assume they are good without having that plane in front of me to follow along.

Between the HNT Gordon and Mujingfang smoothers, do you feel one is overall better than the other? Any strengths or weaknesses one has over the other? As they have wooden bodies, do they require ongoing tuning of the sole, like Japanese planes?

Interesting thought on using a BU smoother with 50ยบ secondary bevel. I wasn’t aware the Veritas PM-V11 irons fit in a LN plane. The BU designs have my interest, mostly because my LN 60 1/2 block plane is “old reliable”...it just always works. I’ve fiddled around with a friend’s BD #4 smoothers before (Stanley and Wood River) and never felt I was getting the hang of it. They worked well enough, I suppose, but I know I didn’t have them set as best as possible, plus the multitude of settings and adjustments seemed overkill (especially considering I primarily use Japanese planes).

After reading some comments, I’ll say I won’t totally write off the LV #4 BD smoother. I appreciate their custom line, allowing me to build exactly what I want. Given the modular assembly and minimal work involved, it seems like LN could do better in offering a similar service…


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