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Forum topic by Dale posted 06-23-2013 05:06 PM 1187 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2013 05:06 PM

I’m a 70 year old woodworker that only recently got into hand planes. Bought a Woodriver #4 and a Lei Nelson basic sharpening kit. Once I got pretty good at sharpening the iron I can not put the plane down. All of my 8/4 scrap stock is now less than 4/4. I love this plane. I am going to buy another plane and am lookingh at the Veritas low-angle jack plane. Would appreciate any and all advise both pro and con. Thanks.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#1 posted 06-23-2013 05:32 PM

I’ve been using Veritas planes for years. They are high quality planes, very comfortable to handle and what I really enjoy is the very very positive adjustments. They does not have a 1/4 turn free wheel (slack) before the iron moves. The steel is true & excellent, the plane is beautiful to look at. They don’t have to take a back seat to anyone elses product.

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#2 posted 06-23-2013 06:56 PM

I dunno. I prefer standard bench planes for most work.

Get an old Bailey jack and learn to use that one.

I have a L-N low angle jack and for a long time I didn’t
use it on much except plywood (I find the end-grain
planing advantage claims exaggerated). Lately
I’ve been shooting the odd edge with it because
my wood jointer has gone out of flat. It works
well for that.

The reason I don’t like the low-angle as a smoother
or surfacing plane concept is because the iron
has to be more cambered to attain any substantial
depth of cut. I find a lightly cambered iron on
a standard plane easier to maintain.

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#3 posted 06-23-2013 09:21 PM

Yeah, its a whole lot of fun, but it can become addicting. :)) As for a recommendation, it depends on what you want it/them to do. I would suggest a low angle block plane like a Stanley 60 1/2. Everybody needs at least one block plane.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 06-23-2013 09:43 PM

I agree with the fun part. And I agree with both Dave and Loren. I’ve got a low angle LN #62. I’ve actually had thoughts of selling it. Its a great plane, I just don’t find a lot of use for it. I wish I’d gone for the #164 instead.

If your looking for a jack for a jack, almost anything will do. It doesn’t take much to tune a jack plane. Pick up a #5

If your looking for a smoother for more difficult grain, go to a higher angle. I know LN makes a high angle #4, (not sure about veritas) but personally I’d go for an infill.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 06-24-2013 03:06 AM

You cannot go wrong with the Veritas LA Jack – it is the only bevel up bench plane I own, but it is worth it’s weight in gold. If the only thing it was good at was shooting end grain, it would be enough, but it gets used all the time.

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#6 posted 06-24-2013 04:56 PM

Has anyone tried their pm-v11 blades? From everything I’ve read they are better than O1 steel in all the things that matter to a woodworker except sharpening. They take a little longer to sharpen than O1 but not nearly as bad as A2. Other than that the edge is supposed to last longer and it can take as keen or keener an edge than O1. For $15 seems like a good upgrade.

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