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RS Woodworks

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 11:39 PM

I will clarify my above statement. I have absolutely no issue using a Stanley #4 for a general smoother. As Mauricio has kindly showed us with his photo, It can work almost perfectly on non tricky woods. But for the finest smoothing on all woods, I like a plane with an adjustable mouth, thicker iron, and higher cutting angle such as the Veritas BUS. Or, a nice heavy infill plane with a thick iron and tight mouth also makes a world of difference. So will a Stanley #4 do a great job, it sure will!! But it’s not the finest of smoothers, and I guess until you try a really well made infill, it’s hard to know what your missing!

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