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Posted on Lie nielsen smoother. Which to choose?

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 02:40 AM

I have nearly everythin LN sells, and I was given much advice from salesman and other woodworkers when it comes to planes. most of it was crap. the first plane I ever owned was a LN 4 1/2 . and it is good if you don’t have much smoothing to do, also being able to switch it to 50 and 55 frogs is nice. for much smoothing, it is heavy. which is why I would recommend a LN number 3. the narrower blade is easier to hold to sharpen if you are new, and the bed angle will handle 95 percent of wood if sharpened and tuned properly. the wood that it won’t handle, you are better off to scrape(or just not use) anyway.
if I had to buy one LN smoother for everything, that would be the one.

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