As a way to continue to record my thoughts for posterity, I thought I might take some time occasionally to dip my hand into my tool chest and share with you whatever comes out.
I think I'll dub this series: Fingers In the Till.
|A rather fetching photo of my LV LA Jack in action.|
I've written about jack planes before, and I think now that I have been using this plane differently since then, I can say a bit more about it.
|Used to bevel this large panel.|
Something unexpected happened when I moved to exclusively using this plane: I really got to like it.
|Rough work across the grain. In this case, flattening my workbench.|
|This plane excels on a shooting board, but that's not all it can do.|
|Thickness planing with the jack.|
|Dimensioning a piece of cherry.|
In short, I thought using only one plane would be do-able, but instead I found out using only one plane increased my skill exponentially. This was a far bigger gift than only having to buy one plane.
|It only took minutes to get this nasty piece of pear looking silky smooth using only one plane.|
So, enough about all that philosophy. Let's get to this plane specifically:
|Sometimes I clamp it upside down in the vice when working small parts.|
What I really like about this plane is it's versatility. I find myself twisting the front knob to adjust the mouth all the time. I always set up the plane by adjusting it for a fine shaving, ensuring the shaving is the same thickness all the way across. Then, I will turn the adjuster knob to make a more agressive cut, depending on the task at hand. I like to take the most agressive cut appropriate for the task.
|Smoothing a cribbage board. I love this shaving!|
|Chamfering with the aid of my Moxon vice.|
|I think in the old days I would have bevelled this board with a block plane.|
|Here's a photo of my friend John playing trombone. He sometimes reads this blog, and I'm sure he'll be amused to see his picture completely out of context here.|
|More little parts. If you try this, watch your fingers! I have clamped the handle in the bench vise.|
If I were to do it over again, I might choose the Lie Nielsen plane because the fit and finish on the Lie Nielsen is a bit finer, and it might be a bit easier to push since the blade is somewhat narrower. I think that the two plane manufacturers both came out with an excellent tool, and it is not worth it for me to make that small of an upgrade (and learn another tool).
|Here I am smoothing the grooves made with the toothed iron in the same plane.|
Do you have experience with this plane? Do you have a favorite plane? I would love to hear about it in the comments.