Smoothing Hand Plane


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I do not do a ton of hand tool woodworking, but I have found a few hand tools make the work so much easier. I have a block plane that I love and was looking at adding a smoothing plane to my collection. From what I have read on-line the No. 4 and No. 4 1/2 are almost identical and it seems a slight preference of the owner as to which one they would recommend. I am leaning towards getting the No. 4 1/2 and just thought I would make sure I was not missing anything. 

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I have a Wood river #5 and a Veritas bevel up with 2 different bevelled blades.  Both will do the job if set up properly but the Veritas is the better plane.  I especially like the fact that I can change the bevel (blade) for tricky grains.

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