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Forum topic by Grasshopper000 posted 08-08-2014 06:53 PM 846 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Grasshopper000

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08-08-2014 06:53 PM

Hey folks, I have a hankering for getting a T&G plane for some projects. I think I’m aware of the basic options, the Stanley 48-49 and 148, the LN and the LV add on for their small plough plane plus all the combo planes and matching wooden planes. I’d appreciate your opinions about preferences, particularly why some are negative about the 148, and for the 48s I’ve heard the fence isn’t stable. Thoughts are appreciated.


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#1 posted 08-08-2014 07:15 PM

I just played with the LN plane at their store. I’ve never used one before but within 10 minutes I had made a mating tongue and groove joint that fit pretty nicely. If I knew what I was doing I would have adjusted the cutter correctly and had a perfect fit. The fence and skates were really finely ground so there was only a few thousandths play.

-- -Dan

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Grasshopper000

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 07:27 PM

Thanks for the intel. I’ve heard good things about the LN but hoping to go cheaper if a good option is available. But not ruling out the LN at all. I mean it’s a LN.

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shampeon

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 07:52 PM

The fence on my Union T&G plane, similar to a Stanley 48/49, is plenty stable. Having separate blades on each side makes it possible to put in a wider blade when working with thicker stock. This isn’t possible with a T&G set for a plow plane.

The main advantage of a 48 is that you can quickly switch between cutting the tongue and the groove with no adjustment. With a plow plane, you have to replace the cutter and set it up again.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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