Level of finish with BU Jack

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Forum topic by agolstudio posted 03-24-2017 11:30 AM 532 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2017 11:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane plane veritas smoothing

I’d like to ask you about the level of finish achievable with a veritas BU Jack plane. Is there a reason to get a smoother plane before the jack?
I have a BU jointer and want something a bit less hefty and more suitable for both smaller work and for smoothing. I also have a spokeshave for curves.
On one hand, the jack seems more suitable for being a part of a very small arsenal. On the other hand- I want something that will allow me to achieve a smooth finish. Another thing is that I would very much like to buy a plane that has the same blade as my jointer, so either the BU jack or the LA smoother, but the LA smoother’s description by lee valley says its not suitable for a perfect finish as their “state of the art smoother plane”, so I’m getting a bit confused.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-24-2017 01:57 PM

Almost any plane can be configured as a smoother, including a Jack. If you want a plane that is best for smoothing though, then get a smoother.

Once set up to work as a smoother, no matter what the plane started out life as, the finish will be the same.

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