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Forum topic by robdem posted 03-27-2015 11:38 PM 1378 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2015 11:38 PM

Thinking about buying lee valley shooting plane But not sure if.i should drop the money on a specialty plane Think I will use it more if I have it or is this just a nice toy to sit on shelf the cost is not the problem have money in budget . So you guys that have them is this a worth while investment like I said think if I have I will use it a whole lot . Thanks for help .

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 11:46 PM

I made my own shooting boards, 90d and 45d, and use LV BU Jackplane. It works great. I also have an additional plane also instead of a one purpose type. One can also buy different degree irons as well a toothed blade for irregular grained woods or for veneering.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 11:57 PM

Gerald I have the lee valley BU jack think I just need to practice more with it to get better using on shooting board . But I got to play with the shooter at wood working show last month and it was real nice just not sure worth spending 350 on a tool the is only one purpose .

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#3 posted 03-28-2015 12:05 AM

A low angle jack should do the trick and more than Just a shooting plane.

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#4 posted 03-28-2015 12:31 AM

To me $350 is too high for a single purpose plane. If you do not have a shooting board you can find dozens of designs on the Web. I made a 90d one first. I went through a learning curve that lasted about 30 min. I watched a video on Youtube and it was off to the races. One cannot take very thick cuts. The board has to “click” onto the plane sole ahead of the iron. Hold the wood firmly and move the plane forward in one firm smooth motion.
If that is not as you want it try again.
I am not a very savvy guy and have little self confidence but now I do not even think about using a shooting board with my LA BU jack. Put some wax on the board runway and it helps a great deal.
I also put a fine pencil mark on the board end to see how it is going.
If you are doing boards you want to be even I count the strokes and I can come out on the money. Unless I lose count.

-- Jerry

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#5 posted 03-28-2015 06:13 AM

I use a LV bevel up jack and a LV low angle block plane with good success with a simple shooting board. The Jack is easier due to heft bit the block works surprisingly well.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#6 posted 03-28-2015 10:39 AM


BU Jack.

Save your money.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#7 posted 03-28-2015 11:20 AM

If you order it today you’ll get a gift card equally to 15% of the purchase price. That said, I don’t shoot a lot but when I do I use a BU jack plane. If I did a lot of shooting maybe the shooting plane would make sense.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#8 posted 03-29-2015 12:59 AM

I can’t speak for anyone else but I use an extremely sharp 9 1/2 Stanley SW block plane as a shooting plane. It is easy to handle, heavy enough (for me) and the mouth can be closed as tight as you want , for your situation.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#9 posted 03-30-2015 08:11 AM

I own a shooting plane. It definitely help with thicker stock. For think stock like 1/4 I use my block plane.
It is more of a specialize plane. if you have the space then a shooting plane is very desirable.
Makes quick work of shooting end grain.

But if you can get away with it then just use a Low Angle Jack with a shooting board. Will do well enough as it is.

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#10 posted 03-30-2015 09:38 AM

Like with all things wood, there are many ways to reach your desired end product. Almost without fail the easiest way will be with a tool that is designed and built for a single purpose such as a shooting plane. Other types of planes can be used with a shooting board to square and true stock but a shooting plane will do it easier and be more comfortable to use because it is designed to work on its side and for use on a shooting board. The bottom line of the question; “if.i should drop the money on a specialty plane?” comes down to, is the ease, comfort, and accuracy of a shooting plane worth it to you or are you willing to use a “work around”. My answer is: Yep, damn right it is, wish I had bit the bullet years before I did. Yours might be different.

As with all things wood, YMMV.

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#11 posted 03-30-2015 11:28 AM

Thanks for all the reply guys going to hold of for now . Have the low angle jack and will use that for now . Don’t do a whole lot of shooting right but in the future if I start to fo more like I think I’am going to will probably drop the cash for this plane . Have used it and it is very nice tool .

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#12 posted 03-30-2015 11:48 AM

Wait till their cyber monday sale. A bunch of us scored them for a good deal. I think it was less then $250.

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#13 posted 03-30-2015 11:55 AM

For shooting board work, have you made a “hot dog handle”, a hand rest that fits on the side of the main casting, for your LV BU LAJ? Provides more control and is easier on the hand.

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#14 posted 03-30-2015 12:07 PM

Osu55 no I have not another thing I was thinking about doing to make using my bu jack easier .

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#15 posted 03-30-2015 02:07 PM

A few pics of mine to give you some ideas. It’s a 3 piece lamination so I could fit the casting curve:

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