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05-02-2017 01:27 AM

I’m looking at getting a low angle jack plane. Seems like the only thing I can’t find in the wild around here. So was considering a Stanley 62, but they are a little spendy unless the mouth is chewed up, so for the money, I figure I may as well step up to an Lie Nielsen or Veritas.

But wondering if any of the other old makers made low angle jack planes as well. Seems like Sargent made a 514 or something that’s a low angle jack. Did any of the others make one? Dunlap, Ohio Tool, Fulton, etc.? If so, any idea what they called them, like Ohio always put a zero in front of the (otherwise) Stanley plane number. Did Stanley do the 62 in a Bedrock?

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ


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#1 posted 05-02-2017 02:16 AM

I have the veritas bevel up low angle jack. I really like it. very well made. Super smooth to use.

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#2 posted 05-02-2017 02:34 AM

I don’t think there is a bedrock equivalent but I could be wrong Stanley did do special orders back then. It’s a shame I would like to have a bedrock one to add to my users.

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#3 posted 05-02-2017 04:54 AM

Pretty sure all the LA planes I know of have the iron sitting on a bed in the casting. A 12deg bed doesn’t leave much room for a frog I guess. Having an adjustable mouth kinda makes it unnecessary I think though. Think LA block plane supersized.

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#4 posted 05-02-2017 11:22 AM

As the OP suspected, Sargeant made a version: http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/sargent514.htm

Also, since part of the whole essence of the Bed Rock planes was improvements to the frog, and LA planes don’t have frogs, I’m guessing there was never a Bed Rock LA plane, but I don’t know for sure.

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 01:51 PM

No Bedrock.

There is a modern Stanley version that is about $150. But I would spend the extra money and get the LN or the Veritas.

I have the LN-62 and it is a wonderful plane. So much so that I sold My Stanley 62. The LNs are constructed better.

Woodriver or similar brands may also offer one.

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#6 posted 05-02-2017 01:54 PM

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#8 posted 05-02-2017 01:59 PM

Oh and the Sargents are going for more than the old Stanley’s.

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#9 posted 05-02-2017 02:36 PM

I can vouch for the Veritas LA Jack. It is my go-to plane for almost everything.

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#10 posted 05-02-2017 06:55 PM

I am really pleased with my Veritas LAJ. Only had it a few months, but have probably 100+ hours behind it already, until recently it was the only plane I used next to my Veritas LA Block.

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#11 posted 05-02-2017 09:42 PM

I have the Wood River model, works great.

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#12 posted 05-02-2017 10:27 PM

Are you guys consistently changing blades on your low angle jack plane. Currently all I have is the 25 degree blade.

I understand its best used for end grain, but if try to plane a face/ edge of a board. You’ll get crazy tear out. Do you guys have this issue too? Or can you plane everything with your 25 degree blade.

P.S. I have the Veritas low angle jack

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#13 posted 05-02-2017 10:35 PM

I have the same opinion as Paul Sellers about these type of planes…Meh….

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#14 posted 05-03-2017 01:01 AM



I have the same opinion as Paul Sellers about these type of planes…Meh….

- bandit571

My first plane I bought was the Veritas low angle jack. Then a week after I bought 4 1/2 wood river plane.

When I was having my issues w/ the LA Jack, I tried my 4 1/2. I couldn’t believe the better results I was getting with it.

I’m assuming its because of my 25 degree blade. I order the 38 degree blade (waiting for arrival) Hoping ill get similar if not better results than my Wood River, after new blade arrives.

(I sharpen blades w/ either my work sharp or water stones and MKII)

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#15 posted 05-03-2017 01:28 AM

LA Jack + a toothed blade = awesome wood remover. Minimal tearout, goes fast – not as fast as a bandsaw, duh. But I’m assuming if you want one you’re into hand tools, and if you mill your lumber by hand a lot, like I do, it is a terrific investment and easier to control vs. a scrub. I also use my LA Jack for shooting and most other end grain work and some jointing. I almost never use it with a regular blade to flatten a face because of the tearout.

Just for clarification, Paul Sellers likes BU up planes, he uses them. But he doesn’t use them a lot and repeatedly stresses their limitations. What he doesn’t like is the myth that’s grown around these planes and the BS salesmanship about how super-duper amazing they are. I agree with him there.

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