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Old 04-05-2009, 01:42 AM
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Default Bevel-up Smoother

Hello

I just ordered a bevel-up smoother from Lee Valley tools
I already have their bevel up jointer and the 25, 38 and 50 degree blades in A2, so I thought it would be a good move to stay with that system.
I was interested in the Lie Nielson bronze #4, maybe next time...

I'm really looking forward to using it! I've been using my old Stanley Bailey since I was a tennager (my father bought it for me from a car-boot sale).
The stanley has done a lot of work, and has earned it's retirement in the tool drawer.

Lee Valley has the best service, swiftest response I've ever experienced from a tool company they really pride themselves on it.
Cheers!
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Old 04-05-2009, 02:08 AM
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Default Re: Bevel-up Smoother

It's because they're Canadians, Okamisan!

Congratulations on your new tool. I hope it's as fun as it sounds. I'd guess that it won't work so well for highly figured wood?

Maybe we should all pitch in so Okamisan can get a nice bronze LN #4... After all, he makes nicer furniture than the rest of us!
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Old 04-05-2009, 02:37 AM
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Thanks Potosan!

Actually, the bevel up smoother is good for smoothing difficult grain. The standard blade that comes with the plane, has a 38degree bevel. The plane's bed angle is 12degrees. So as standard the plane is set-up with a York pitch (50 degrees) that's not a bad starting angle.
With the 50 degree bevelled blade in the plane, I'll have a 62 degree cutting angle, which can tackle difficult grain.
The 25 degree blade in the plane cuts end-grain well.
Its a versatile set-up
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Old 04-05-2009, 03:52 AM
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That's a pretty high pitch to the cutting angle. I didn't realize it was that high.

It was really fun today going through Sam Maloof's shop - I thought of you. He had some semi-finished chairs there that still needed some shaping and sanding, and I was thinking of you working on your beautiful chairs. He would have been proud of you, I'm sure.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your plane.

On an unrelated note, Eiji was in my house today and looking at an IKEA buffet that we have some pottery in. He pulled open the drawer using the little bentwood handle, and we both thought - Okami would have done a nicer job on that!
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