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Blog entry by Safetyboy posted 03-27-2009 02:19 AM 844 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My company gives out monetary awards for patents that we get filed… I got one last week, so I decided to make an addition to my plane family and add a Lee-Valley Bevel-Up Jointer (to the space lovingly reserved for it when I built my toolbox):

jointer

I’ve had a #4 smoother for about a year, but have never managed to be very successful with it.. I’ve tried to use it to clean up boards out of my power planer, but always ended up simply mangling the board instead.

This time, I set up my new jointer plane, ran a couple passes of that over a scrap maple board, and then switched to the smoother… and everything seemed to click. I spent an hour in the shop just planing whatever I could get my hands on. Lot’s of fuzzy shavings, and no mangling! I can only guess that my power tools don’t get things really flat enough for the smoother to work well…

Shavings

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio



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DaleM

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#1 posted 03-27-2009 02:41 AM

Nice. I could have used that today. I had to joint five 6’ long boards today, so a total of eight jointed faces for glue up. I have a Craftsman jointer but had to use my bench plane for touch up. I guess I need to get one before my tax return is all spent. I’ll probably spend more than an hour just planing everything in sight too.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 03-27-2009 03:41 AM

When I bought mine, Lie Nielsen’s Low Angle Jointer, the counter part of this plane, didn’t have Adjustable mouth (The display sample at my local Woodcraft still doesnt have it!), That fact made me to decide for this plane and I’m glad I did it…...an absolutely great Jointer, a devise of accuracy!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#3 posted 03-27-2009 04:08 AM

I had to post again because I have a couple of questions about this plane. Did you get the A2 or O1 steel, did you get any of the other, different angled, blades besides the one that came with it and did you get the fence?

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 03-27-2009 04:30 AM

Dale,
The question is not for me, but I want to share my experience. If you are dealing with curly, highly figured wood, the 50° blade is essential. Here is the description from the web site that gives a clear idea:

“The 50° blade is for smoothing woods with widely varying or reversing grain (e.g., bird’s-eye maple) where tear-out is difficult to control. The resulting cutting angle of 62° produces what is known as a Type II chip (or shaving), one created by wood failure right at the cutting edge, eliminating tear-out on even the most difficult grain patterns. Planing wood at this cutting angle will give you a bit of a workout – but the results are well worth it”

A2 steel is a better choise, hold the edge longer. The fence is a plus!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 04:32 AM

Dale – I did get the fence, and also the 38-deg blade for the “york” pitch – haven’t tried either one of them yet, though. I got the A2 steel – I haven’t tied 01 yet, but the A2 doesn’t seem that hard to sharpen to me, so I go for the longer-lasting edge.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#6 posted 03-27-2009 04:57 AM

Thanks Moai. I had to go look at your profile to figure out who you were because you changed your avatar again (plus the one name change). Your confusing me! (just kidding). I am considering one of these because it seems like a good value, cheaper anyway than the Lie-Nielsen and it seems to be good quality. I was considering one of the Anant planes because of the price, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be happy with it after searching the web and reading some reviews. Thanks again.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#7 posted 03-27-2009 04:59 AM

Thanks Kevin. Sorry, I guess I should have refreshed my page because I didn’t realize you had answered until I commented. So that’s two votes for the A2 steel.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#8 posted 03-27-2009 05:35 AM

No more Identity changes, I promise…..;-)
Have you seen this review before? (from another LJr):
http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolReviews/The%20Veritas%20Lee%20Valley%20Bevel%20Up%20Jointer.html

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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