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

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#1 posted 04-17-2018 06:24 PM

I love my LA Jack for two reasons and only two reasons:

1.) As long as the blade is as sharp as possible, I can plane edge grain like butter.
2.) Add a toothed blade, it’s great for reducing thickness pretty darn fast without tearout. I don’t have a power planer so a toothed blade has been crucial for me.

Otherwise, if I try to use it like a normal jack, I typically get tearout – not bad tearout but ghastly-bad tearout. Sometimes it’s fine on an edge, but that’s not a guarantee for flawless planing, either. I would not recommend this plane to be If You Had To Own Just One Plane! plane. I wouldn’t even put it on the top 3 to buy, when buying your first hand planes. That’s not to say it’s a bad tool to have. I would never give mine up. But I only have it because of the above two reasons.

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