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

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#1 posted 04-17-2018 12:25 PM

I have both and like both. The LN low angle jack is very ergonomic to me. I find I reach for it a lot more than my standard no 5. Just preference I guess. I just restored a 5 1/2, and sometimes I will grab that instead of I am working on a wider piece and want to take less passes.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of the low angle Jack’s is the adjustable mouth. When coupled with blades honed at various angles, or even toothed blades you can be set up to work any task from stock removal to smoothing figured grain with just one plane.

If you really want to buy 3 planes you won’t go wrong with standard planes in a no 5,3 and 7 like you suggested. It might be interesting to replace the 5 with a low angle jack for some versatility.


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