First things first: Yes I have googled this group for these answers,
and no this is neither a troll nor flame bait. Many of the opinions I
read are from people who don't post here regularly anymore, so I'd love
to get some new ones.
I am still very new to hand planes, owning only a LV low-angle block
and an old Stanley/Bailey which I've found is just too damn beat-up to
get to work right.
I would like to be able to cut out sanding as much as possible, and
I've been told by some that hand-planing will either (a) achieve this
with even better results, or (b) simply shorten the time spent sanding.
So three questions:
1. What are the opinions of everyone regarding whether or not a
well-planed surface will *still*
need some sanding?
2. I have a 25%-off coupon at Woodcraft, which would make a LN #4
roughly the same price as a LV #4. So price now being no object, which
does people prefer?
3. The LN #4 also comes with a high-angle frog option to give it a
50-deg pitch. Any thoughts on this?
I am building mostly tables and case goods, usually cherry. With the
tables, I inevitably have glue-ups, so reversing grain could be an
Thanks in advance, and NO FIGHTING!! ;-)