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#1 posted 06-08-2012 11:35 AM

That LA Jack is a remarkably useful plane – at a stretch you could get by with it and a block plane on almost anything, particularly if you get the accessory blades (different angle and toothed). See FWW #217 for an article about exactly that, it uses the L-N but same points apply.

That said, if you are doing a bench, a big jointer would be very useful – and the Veritas BU Jointer is an excellent one.

FWIW, I own both (I live WAY too close to a LV store, I walk in and…), and love using both. The LA Jack may well be the plane I use the most, the only other contenders being a much-loved Type 11 #4 and the Veritas LA Block. The Jointer does not get out as much, but with the fence it is a very useful plane at times – and I have had to joint one very squirrelly-grained large panel. Simply no substitute, without that BU Jointer I would still be doing it.

So sufficient, yes. If the bench is your very next project and you will likely do a lot of jointing, you might still want the BU J. Not really a wrong answer here…

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