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LV 4 vs 4 1/2 vs 5-1/4W for smoothing and camber or not?

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01-18-2014 04:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lee valley veritas planes camber

I have seen many postings advocating for different top vendors of planes -LN or LV and others. I’ll start off by saying that at the moment, I really like the LV planes for how they feel in my hand as well as the overall quality. I certainly respect that others have different views. With that prolog I am asking if anyone can share some opinions that would help my next choice for a (LV) plane.

As additional background I use machines a lot first. My 8” jointer has a helical head and produces a wonderful surface. I have a 20” planer with straight knives and in some woods I have tearout but I sometimes end up wanting to touch up the surface.

Mostly I want to eliminate as much sanding as possible. I use scrapers before going to a final 320 or 400 grit prior to shellac.

I currently have a LV #4 smooth setup with a straight blade and use it quite a lot. I also have a #4LA, also with a straight blade. I have come to appreciate that I need to relieve the edges or camber the blade somewhat. I am willing to spend the money on another plane so that I don’t have to change blades. I know that’s extravagant but being able to keep my train of thought going is worth it to me. I do want to keep at least one with a straight blade.

With that in mind, what do you suggest?

Keep the #4 with a straight blade and add a cambered one in the #4LA?
Keep both as they are and add a #4 1/2 with a camber?
Keep both and add a their 5-1/4W with a camber?

I like the notion of slightly more width with the 4-1/2. I also like the notion of the longer toe in the 5-1/4W.

There is also a fair chance that I’ll buy even more planes someday :-).

Thank you all.

-- Dominic Ryan


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