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    Which Shooting Plane

    Hi All,

    So I am getting back into my little hobby of acoustic guitar building. And since it is a hobby (and I want to teach my kids old school things) I want to do as much work by hand tools as I can, I want to set up a shooting board. I know I could use my LAJ but I want a dedicated shooting plane (if for no other reason they are cool). So with that said, if buying brand new, would you go Veritas or LN? That LN looks like a darn solid piece of metal but is out 50% more expensive than the Veritas which i know are quality also. Any opinions from the crowd here? if i get none you will all force me to go LN, just because...

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    I haven't used both - only the Veritas. I love it.

    I particularly like this plane because the blade is bevel up. I find it particularly easy to remove, sharpen and exactly replace it in the same place. The PMV11 blade seems to last a long time - which is nice even on end grain.

    I would suggest treating yourself and also getting the shooting track. It's easy to adjust and makes the sliding action nice and consistent.

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    I did see the tracks while looking and thought, boy thats an easy, cheap way to get it right

    Quote Originally Posted by Prashun Patel View Post
    I haven't used both - only the Veritas. I love it.

    I particularly like this plane because the blade is bevel up. I find it particularly easy to remove, sharpen and exactly replace it in the same place. The PMV11 blade seems to last a long time - which is nice even on end grain.

    I would suggest treating yourself and also getting the shooting track. It's easy to adjust and makes the sliding action nice and consistent.

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    Frank,
    * I have the LV and love it.
    * Derek Cohen has a superb review/comparison of several brands here.
    * He reviews the LN here and the LV here.
    * There are several recent threads on shooting planes in the SMC archives that you should take a look at too.

    Hope it helps.
    Fred
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    Another very satisfied LV user. Ditto what Prashun said...the PMVII stays sharp a long time. After my first use, I couldnít believe the full length see through end grain shavings. I donít have the track, but installed an adjustable wooden fence. Makes shooting a breeze.

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    I have the Lee Valley and love it. I got to use the Lie-Nielsen one at Handworks, and it was a dream. I am a huge fan of the look and feel of the Veritas, but I really liked the heft of the Lie-Nielsen. Ultimately I will call it a toss-up, so therefore get the Veritas for price. *Note: for me an added advantage was already having the other Veritas low angle planes in the lineup, so I already had "umpteen" irons in various grinds and metals. You mentioned you have a LAJ- if it is a Veritas, the iron will interchange with this plane. You can have two different bevel angles on the irons and swap them back and forth.

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    I'll give another thumbs up for the LV, for all the reasons already stated and Derek's review. It's great tool.

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    love my LN

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    LV. Are you sure about the shooting plane?
    I was looking into getting one, but most of the delcamp luthier guys recommend just a good jointer plane for jointing tops/backs.

    I think a dedicated shooting plane is more for trimming miters and perfectly square edge.

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