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#1 posted 02-21-2009 04:55 PM

I’ve owned a few shoulder planes. I just have the big Record now. L-N
copied it and I think the copy is a better plane. With shoulder planes
it’s about weight – the heavier planes can take cleaner cuts without chatter.

You can trim shoulders with any rabbet plane – a no. 78 will do – but you
would have to be more skillful to get very good results without having the
right tool for the job, a real shoulder plane.

These days I have about a dozen planes I think, down from more than
30 when I was more active as a furniture maker and plane afficionado.

I do most work with a no. 4 and a no. 5. I have a few of each, set up
for different types of work generally. Final smoothing, end grain and fitting
parts I usually use a L-N bronze no.4.

I seldom use a block plane. I like more mass.

I have a wooden 26” long jointer I made myself. Works good but the
sole needs tuning every couple of years or so.

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