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10-16-2014 11:20 PM

i would like to buy a Jointer plane but can only afford one. would L be better off with a jointer or low angle jointer plane? Also can you suggest a brand you all like?
New to the wood working world.
Thanks for your help!!

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 11:46 PM

I use a low angle jointer.

I complain about low angle plane fanaticism because
I don’t think they are a panacea for good planing
and are over-rated for general work, especially in
relation to what you would have to spend as opposed
to getting a few vintage standard planes used.

That said, as a jointer I like the low center of gravity
and since cambering a jointer iron is not needed for
doing edge joints, sharpening is straightforward.

If you already have the other bench planes you want
and a jointer is something you need to grow,
the premium low angle ones will serve well. They’re
actually a bit cheaper in general compared to
the bevel up premium jointers… but compared
to a used Bailey they’re all just ridiculously pricey.

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 11:55 PM

I happen to have a Stanley #31 Jointer plane. 24” long, but a lighter wood body. I think I paid $15 for it.

Jointers are not supposed to produce see through shavings, they are to joint an edge straight. When you get a single shaving the length of the edge, you’re done.

A #8 weighs about 10 pounds, the #31 about half of that. Maybe an 1/8” narrower in the cutter, too. Seems to work just fine as a Jointer plane. Sharpen the iron and go to work…

And have fun

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 10-17-2014 12:25 AM

I have both in veritas but I would suggest getting the regular one. the low angle takes a bit more heft to get it to cut through. I have a number 5 not a number 8 though and that’s what I use. I almost like my stanley bailey number 5 better though. got it for 20$ with a hock blade so can’t complain

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#4 posted 10-17-2014 12:27 AM

Low angle jointer. I love the flexibility of the low angle tools. Hone 25 for shooting, hone 50 for jointing figured woods, buy extra irons for anything in between. They are lighter than their traditional counterparts, which I like since I use them alot during the day.

I use the low angle jack from lie-nielsen, have irons honed like above, and use it for my shooting as well. Other than a smoother, and a jointer, not sure I’d need much else, outside a block plane.

I will say I like the frog adjustments on the #5 and it’s brethren, but they are heavier which I don’t prefer.

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#5 posted 10-17-2014 02:04 PM

Thank you for your time and information!! I think I will look at some low angel planes, hopefully be able to demo one or more at a store.
Thanks again.

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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