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Forum topic by JayPique posted 06-16-2009 03:19 AM 1144 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2009 03:19 AM

I’m interested in trying my hand at smoothing some simple table tops with a plane and would like to use it as an excuse to buy myself a smoothing plane. I’m open as to style and materi al (wood, iron, bronze), but money is an object – Sauer & Steiner is definitely not in my budget! Let’s say no more than a Lie-Nielsen bronze #4.

What do you all recommend? I’m leaning towards a wooden “coffin” smoother, only b/c I don’t have any all wood planes at this point, and Nakashima/Krenov et al say they’re the way to go.

Thanks for your input.


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#1 posted 06-16-2009 04:25 AM

I just finished refurbishing an old Stanley Bailey No. 3 that belonged to my father in law and I couldn’t be happier with it. They are one of the more common older planes listed on Ebay so it shouldn’t be a problem finding one fairly cheap. If you have a little time to look for a deal, that is the way to go in my opinion. I’m sure all the other opinions will follow shortly so stay tuned, and pay attention, because a lot of these guys have more experience with handplanes than I do.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 06-16-2009 04:28 AM

No personal experience with an LN #4, but I sure do read a lot of positive comments from owners. I’ve been happy with my older Millers Falls, Record, and Stanley Bailey smoothers.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 06-16-2009 06:16 AM

I think this is one of the most versatile planes today for all type of situations and woods.
Blade rests at 12 degrees, 2” wide, 3/16 thick.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 06:36 PM

If money is an issue, do you have a flea market near you? You can find planes from cheep to expensive, in all kids of conditions. I picked up two of the planes that I have for under $30 each.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 07:19 PM

I would highly recommend the no. 4 bevel-up 50 degree smoother from Vertias, This baby will tackle softer hardwoods and difficult figured wood with no problems. I just recently purchase the 50 degree replacement blade from the 25 degree so that I could have the wide range of usage. This baby is a work horse bar none!!!!!!!! Blkcherry

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 07-01-2009 07:50 PM

Check out my review on the HNT Gordon Smoothing Plane
I really like mine.

I have an antique coffin smoother that I tuned up. It’s fun to use, although it is not a quality plane .
I’ve been wanting to build one.

That said, there are several good ones, depending on what you want to spend.
You’ll never go wrong with any Lie-Neilsen


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#7 posted 07-01-2009 08:00 PM

i have an old stanley and i like it. but once youve tried the LN or Veritas planes you never want to go back. they are just so nice and solid and very easy to tune. theyre just awesome. most of my experience is with LN and i love them.

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