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Posted on Hand Planes...Low Angle Vs. Standard

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#1 posted 04-16-2018 05:05 PM

Owning two I don’t find the arguments in favor of
low angle planes as primary bench planes convincing.
They can be made to do a lot of different sorts
of work if you have different irons and the
patience to get them ground and honed perfectly
square. Cambered irons in a low angle plane
need a more dramatic curve to function and that
makes honing the iron on a stone even trickier.
If that kind of fuss turns you on, they can do some
cool things.

Standard bench planes require a lesser camber that
is easier to hone, and the adjuster lever allows a
wider range of deviation from square in the iron
grinding. The chipbreaker can do marvelous things
if you learn to work with it. While chipbreakers
aren’t a perfect solution to squirelly woods, they
can help. If fiddling with the chipbreaker doesn’t
work I generally go to a scraper.

Derek Cohen is a member here and he has a lot of
insight and experience with different sorts of planes.
I think he may have a website with articles on tuning
chipbreakers and things like that.

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