I do a lot of smaller projects using highly figured maple and other
woods ... especially birdseye, fiddleback, and quilted maples.
Final smoothing is always a bear on these woods. I had been using a
Stanley 80 scraper, then figured out how to tune my Stanley #3 with Hock
blade to do nearly as well.
Figuring I'd do well with a scraper plane, I got one of the Veritas
scraping planes. It does do pretty well, better than the others, but
it's got a blade on the wide side and takes a fair amount of effort.
So now I see LV has this new bevel-up smoother. Sure does look nice.
I'm thinking it might be my next step in the quest for the perfect
figured wood smoother.
So my question for the group is: has anyone here compared a scraping
plane versus the new LV bevel-up smoother for figured woods? Especially
with the 50 degree blade? What did you think?
Thanks in advance,
p.s. ^&^%$ Lee Valley always coming out with all these nice tools. Sure
is hard on the budget ;-P