|Forum topic by JasonD||posted 08-26-2010 08:49 PM||2823 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-26-2010 08:49 PM
I’m looking to buy a jointer plane to add to my small collection of planes (block, la block, #5 jack, and rabbet filister planes). I’ve had my eye on the LV la jointer, but didn’t know how it would fare when truing up a large, wide surface (like flattening a workbench, etc).
I apologize in advance if this is a “dumb question”, but my limited experience with la planes is using my little Stanley la block plane to true up end grain on small pieces. I understand that a high angle plane is better for difficult woods to reduce tear out, etc.
I’m more concerned with how well it would work in flattening a SYP workbench top. Any smoothing or cleaning up of tear out could be handled with the #4 smoother I plan to buy. My worry is that a la jointer plane will cause a LOT of tear out, but that’s only based on my ignorance; not based on anything I’ve read, etc.
The LV la jointer is attractive for a number of reasons. It’s almost half the price of the LN #7 jointer and it can be used on my shooting board (I currently use my regular Stanley #5 jack for that). If a la plane is suitable for flattening a bench top, then it’ll solve several problems and save me some money in the process.