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Posted on Help with picking out Veritas hand planes

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#1 posted 10-15-2012 06:41 AM

Get the low-angle jack first. Order an extra blade and sharpen it to 38 degrees or a little more for smoothing type work. Keep the other at 25 degrees for shooting and other end grain stuff. It can do almost everything you might want from a plane. Stock prep and shooting are what it really excels at, but it can joint shorter edges easily and take super wispy shavings with easy adjustments.

After that, the bevel-up jointer and one of the three bevel-up smoothers. I just bought the big one, the advantage being that it takes the same blades as the other two bevel-up planes, and it’s size makes quick work of large areas. The downside is that taking a wide shaving at a steep smoother cutting angle is a lot of work and the plane is heavy. My Stanley #4 is so much lighter and easy to wield in comparison… So you might consider one of the other two.

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