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):
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…
-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio