|Forum topic by Matt Przybylski||posted 12-21-2013 04:25 AM||800 views||1 time favorited||13 replies|
12-21-2013 04:25 AM
I went a bit nuts on the Lee Valley Cyber Monday sale and picked up a PMV-11 Block Plane, Medium Shoulder Plane, and bevel-up Jointer. I also had the low-angle smoothing plane originally but decided to not get it. I then got into an email exchange with one of their CS reps (who was awesome at answering my questions, very nice people) and I told him that I also have their #4 smoother on my wish list. He proceeded to tell me about their bevel-up smoother and how it may be a better choice for me because the blades are interchangeable with some of the other planes I now have from them.
I proceeded to ask (and please note, I know NOTHING about hand tools but I LOVE the Veritas line and when things go on sale I will buy them because I’m crazy like that and I WILL learn how to use the planes, I absolutely LOVE seeing people plane wood and the shavings they make as well as the look of the wood, plus I hate sanding) what is the benefit of one versus the other to basically educate myself because I know that #4 planes are very popular from reading this site and others like it. From my understanding of his reply (and please correct me if I’m wrong), bevel-up smoothers are the new #4 but people are just used to the #4s so not that many have converted. Here is his reply:
”The only difference is that Bevel-Up smoother can achieve a lower angle if you need it. A Bevel-Up plane has less moving parts and adjustments are easier. As an example to control the amount of cut you adjust the opening. With a bevel down plane this means you must move the frog. This is done with a screwdriver and with our #4 all you need is to remove lever cap but with some the blade and chip breaker has to be removed. With a bevel up the toe is adjustable and you just loosen the knob and slide it. The #4 has machined sides which means the sides are 90 degrees to sole so the plane can have a fence attached or used for shooting. The bevel up smoother cannot because the sides are not machined. There is pros and cons but if your intentions are for a Jack also then the bevel-up smoother is your best bet. There are many die hard plane enthusiasts that do not accept the bevel up but usually if you can get one in their hand to try they typically reconsider their opinions.”
Well, having read that, what do you fine LJs make of it? Is he correct? Can others chime in with some info on this topic? I’d really appreciate any insight offered.
-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com