Smoothing Planes Pt. 2

April 3, 20074 Comments

There are certain traits in the smoothing plane that makes the difference between a good smoothing plane and an excellent smoothing plane.

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  1. Jay says:


    L/N offers both a 4-1/2 and a 4-1/2C. I know I much prefer my 7C over the 7, but I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the corrugated bottom on a smoothing plane. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.


    • Matt says:

      I’ve never used a corrugated smoother, but from what I’ve read and understand about them there shouldn’t be much if any difference between them and their flat bottom cousins.

      Really the corrugated bottoms were the plane makers’ version of “new technology & improving” their planes. They thought less surface space contacting a surface equaled less surface friction. True to a degree, but apparently most woodworkers didn’t notice enough difference to justify the cost.

      So I imagine other than looking really cool, and they do, I don’t think there’s any difference in performance.

      Hope this answers your question.

  2. Steve K says:

    Thanks for the detailed info on hand planes. I’ve been looking to purchase my first plane your discussions really helped me in choosing which one to buy and how to use it.

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