I'm not looking for permission. I'm looking for recommendations so I
can decide which one to get. :)
I've never used my block plane with my current shooting board because
it has a much narrower side wall and it would cut away the guide edge
and reduce the support I would get if I went back to a bigger plane.
It seems best to use the same plane--or at least a plane with the same
side wall thickness--so that the guide edge is as big as possible for
the plane. (A few years ago I saw a Knight prototype photo showing a
wooden shooting plane that had a really wide side wall for better
But some people say they are using lots of different planes. Does
each plane have a dedicated shooting board? Am I overestimating the
importance of this factor? I kind of feel like the guide edge on my
existing shooting board has worn some (it's baltic birch plywood).
Presumably it would wear faster if it was smaller.
I notice that somebody suggested the Lie Nielsen #9, which is of
course an obvious choice, but at $350 for a plane that isn't really
suitable for other jobs, it seems like a tough sell. (Didn't this
plane used to cost upwards of $400?)
Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy have also played some great women
characters, and quite likely are not gay.
Then there's Sigfried and Roy, who just came out, according to the
tabloid I saw in my local supermarket Tuesday evening. No kidding,
front page news! <G>
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The No 9 is one of those "would be nice to have" things... I use my L-N No
4, 5 and 7 with the same shooting board with no ill effects.
My boys put a bit of wear on the end of the fence when they were learning
how to shoot miters. I simply glued some walnut on the end and dressed it
with a plane and it was as good as new. A side benefit of making the repair
with walnut was it let the boys know that they were rocking the plane when
they saw the dark wood shaving mixed in with lighter colored wood.
I don't about "best" but what I've been using is a wooden plane I
made in the Krenov style with a Hock 1-3/4" blade and chip breaker.
With my wooden plane, I've made it with a large enough opening on
the top for the wedge and blade that this becomes a nature hand
hold when the plane is sitting on its side. I've also used a #5
jack plane, but it's not as easy to grasp as the wooden plane.
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