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Posted on Lie-Nielsen 102 Low Angle Block Plane?

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 11:36 AM

Willeh, I suggest LN’s rabbet block plane, which is more versatile than the 102. It can do anything a block plane would be used for plus, it can handle some joinery tasks such as cleaning up tenons and making rabbets. The 102 is a nice little plane, but since it has a curved sole and a blade that does not extend to the outside of the sole, it is limited in its applications.

You are correct in stating you do not need an adjustable mouth on a block plane. Sorry guys, I just don’t see it. I never use a block plane for smoothing tasks and a sharp blade takes care of anything I ever ask it to do. I guess if you use a block plane for smoothing, you might want an adjustable mouth. But for common block plane tasks, an adjustable mouth isn’t required.

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