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  1. #16
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    Hi Dominik

    If it helps, my two go-to smoothers are a bronze LN #3 (with 45 degree frog) and a Veritas Custom #4 (42 degree frog). They are both fine performers and both a joy to use.

    I do have a bronze LN #4 1/2 (anniversary model), which has the original 50 degree frog replaced with a 45 degree frog. It is seldom used - gets pulled out for larger panels. It is a great plane to use in the ideal circumstances, but does not approach the others for "joy".

    A little tool porn



    Regards from Perth

    Derek

  2. #17
    Thanks Jim and Derek,So it seems like I'll enjoy owning a No.3. It's been on my wish-list for a while but when I was about to place an order I started considering the others. Sounds like the 4 1/2 will wait. I do still want a #5. I have a spare blade for my #4 that I could put a radius on to serve when I need to use the plane as a scrub (although then a second chipbreaker would also be handy... then another body...haha).That is some very nice tool porn Derek . I think I will stick with LN for now. I actually really like the old Stanleys (the idea of) but have never found one in good shape and don't want to buy from photos online.Cheers, Dom

  3. #18
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    I would be very happy to use my Stanley #3 a lot more instead of the #4, but it is the only one in my collection with a right hand thread adjuster which is a bit of a pain.

  4. #19
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    My vintage Stanley 5 is my most go to plane...probably because itís just set up so well itís always a joy to use. My 3 is rarely used, however, to be fair, it is a vintage model from my Dad, and while Iíve fettled it some, I need to work on it more. Itís more of a memory than a user at the moment. Once set up right, I can see where it would be quite useful for some of my smaller projects.

  5. #20
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    3 jointed.jpg
    From a little Step Stool Project....a Stanley No. 3c, type 11/12 was the only plane used...as a Jointer..
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    And, as a smoother. Iron is a replacement one..a Stanley SW model iron.
    jointers.jpg
    For the Pine Stepback Cupboard build....jointers were a bit bigger..
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    But, to make a raised panel for a door...
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    A No. 4 and a No. 4c were used. At least across the end grain...long grain was with the No.14
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    I fit the size of the plane used, to the job being done.

  6. #21
    Don't have a place on my wall for my Clifton 3 as it stays on the bench - use it all the time. It's a joy jn British Racing Green, polished body edges, Bubinga tote and knob. And it's just a little longer with more comfortable handle than my LN 3.

  7. #22
    Just for something completely different.... when I think "extra joy" I think of one of my wooden bench planes I made. Maybe it's because I made them myself that makes them more joyous. Or maybe it's because I made them to fit my hands and that extra comfort makes them more joyous. Or maybe I just prefer the weight and lack of any friction with woodies in general. But if I want a plane for extra joy, that's definitely where I would go as opposed to a manufactured plane. So if I had money burning a hole in my pocket, I would make a wooden plane and blow that money on some insane wood to take it to a ridiculous level. Like to a level where when someone comes into my shop, that's the one tool their eyes settle on every single time.

  8. #23
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    I bought the bronze LN #3 a few years ago. I love using it. Might even call it a fun plane.
    ďTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness..." - Mark Twain

    Diapers and Politicians need to be changed often... Usually for the same reason.

  9. #24
    LN #4 bronze
    Veritas BU Jointer
    Veritas Shooting plane

    I own all three of these and I love them madly.

    The LN#4 bronze is just perfect in heft. Not too heavy, not too light.
    The Veritas BU jointer has a lower center of gravity than the BD counterparts. This makes it IMHO extremely comfortable to push. I love the feel

    Veritas Shooting plane: Given that you have the other bases covered then I vote for this one. A shooting plane is perceived as a luxury, but once you have one, I'd wager you'd wonder why you'd WANT to work without one. Vis-a-vis a regular plane used on its side, this plane has great mass, is ergonomic, has a blade that comes in and out very easily - and in a predictable position. It's like using a deli slicer. Of course, owning one means you'd need to design or buy a good shooting fence/track/board.

    Last edited by Prashun Patel; 09-14-2018 at 11:53 AM.

  10. #25
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    How about an Old Street tools smoother or Jack?

  11. #26
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    The best smoother I have is one I made from a St James Bay kit. Itís wonderful. The plane I grab a lot is my DX60. It looks a lot like a block plane, but itís really a little smoother.

  12. #27
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    Next time we meet, Bruce, I need to try out that plane. I still have your pictures of it in my Photos app.

  13. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by Prashun Patel View Post
    LN #4 bronze
    Veritas BU Jointer
    Veritas Shooting plane

    I own all three of these and I love them madly.

    The LN#4 bronze is just perfect in heft. Not too heavy, not too light.
    The Veritas BU jointer has a lower center of gravity than the BD counterparts. This makes it IMHO extremely comfortable to push. I love the feel

    Veritas Shooting plane: Given that you have the other bases covered then I vote for this one.

    Thanks mate, I agree that the Veritas shooting plane is great - which is why I already have one!

    Cheers, Dom

  14. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by chris carter View Post
    Just for something completely different.... when I think "extra joy" I think of one of my wooden bench planes I made. Maybe it's because I made them myself that makes them more joyous. Or maybe it's because I made them to fit my hands and that extra comfort makes them more joyous. Or maybe I just prefer the weight and lack of any friction with woodies in general. But if I want a plane for extra joy, that's definitely where I would go as opposed to a manufactured plane. So if I had money burning a hole in my pocket, I would make a wooden plane and blow that money on some insane wood to take it to a ridiculous level. Like to a level where when someone comes into my shop, that's the one tool their eyes settle on every single time.

    Hi Chris,

    Making my own plane sounds like a great idea, and is something I've thought about doing, I just haven't made the time to do so yet. Definitely on the cards at some stage soon - regardless of whether or not I but another LN.

    Cheers,

    Dom

  15. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Wilkins View Post
    How about an Old Street tools smoother or Jack?
    Hi Tony, haven't heard of them before but after taking a look they just don't get me excited tbh. If i were going to buy a wood body smoother or jack it would be one of Terry's of HNT Gordon. But I think I'd rather like to make my own.

    Cheers, Dom

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