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#1 posted 09-29-2009 07:08 PM


I cannot make a comment for certain (yet) – just repeat what I have been told so far. The “all for one” approach to the bevel-up plane is that just by changing the blade’s micro bevel you can significantly change the cutting action of the tool. You can have one blade set at less than 45 degrees to cut end grain like a block plane, and a second blade set at 45 degrees (or greater) to give the plane the same (or at least very similar) action as a standard bench plane. Changing the cutting angle on a standard bench plane can be done, but it is a bit more complex and once it is changed, a bit more difficult to revert the cutting angle back to the original 45.

Again – I have not yet had a chance to use a bevel-up for myself. I was just about ready to start buying old Stanley planes and reconditioning them when I found out about the bevel-up planes. If they are as good as folks are claiming – it is a no-brainer to buy one and I thought I would make you aware of them.

Here is a web article from Popular Woodworking talks a bit about both positives and negatives of bevel-up.

And item number 4 on the Lie-Nielson Q&A page recommends that a person start with a bevel-up plane.

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