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#1 posted 03-07-2014 12:13 AM

1. I have used a LN Jointer plane for a bit at one of their hand tool events. It is definitely nice, and the difference is something I would say about any LN vs Vintage: There’s simply nothing wrong with it. If you get a vintage plane of any size, you will likely clean it up, grind and sharpen the blade, fiddle with the frog placement, perhaps file the mouth, flatten the bottom…then you will use it for while and discover something else you want/need to fiddle with to get it working better. Then perhaps after several rounds of this, you will have a tool that functions about as well as the LN…and for a lot less money, and it has a nice antique look to it. But it will never BE as good, because LN simply uses better, more modern materials, and machines to higher tolerances than Stanley ever could. And finally, on a vintage plane iron, there is always the posibilty of pitting that could leave tiny imperfections in your cutting edge…A New LN plane, or a an old plane with a new Iron, will not have this problem.

2. I believe Scwartz’s advice is simply based on size…It is a lot more work to flatten a jointer plane than a smaller smoothing plane. So if you are going to tune up one plane and buy the other, you will end up the same place (2 really well-working planes) with less work.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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