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#1 posted 02-27-2012 09:42 AM

You haven’t said what size projects you are looking to work with your plane (and it is very unlikely that you will stop with just one.) Flattening a 1 SqFt panel is much different than flattening a table top or desk top. Secondly, removing glue squeeze out is a job better left for carbide scrapers because glue will will damage almost any edge.

It is often said that one may flatten up to twice the sole length of the plane. That gives one a dimension of 18”. A jointer gives one a dimension appx. 4’ – or more in the case of some woodies. Referring to the Chris Schwarz model of rough, medium and fine, the jack does most of the work by getting rough wood into nearly flat and square condition. The jointer makes edges true and surfaces flat. The smoother makes surfaces smooth. Smooth and flat are two different things. If you are going to do hand woodworking you will need the trinity at some point.

Cutting to the chase, the beauty of the LV bevel up planes is that is that one set of blades will work through all 3 planes. By simply swapping blades, each of the three planes can quickly take on some of the characteristics of the the other size planes. Because they have adjustable throats, each can be used for rough, medium or fine tasks.

I would counsel that you pick one specific task, pick a body size for that task and then learn to do that task well. That effrot will tell you where you want to go for the other tasks.

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