Fine Tool Journal has a Xmas special on all LN planes. I have been eyeing the low-angle jack and low-angle smoother. I have a #4, #5, #7 and block, rabbet and shoulders.
I know that the low-angle jack can be versatile. By purchasing a couple of extra irons and changing the iron angle I can get a high-angle for wild grain. I can angle to get the standard cut and angle at 90 degrees to get a scraper. All out of one plane along with it’s ability to cut end grain smoothly with the original low-angle it comes with.
My questions are: Is the 14″ jack lenght too long to use as a smoother at regular angle. Will it get down in the shallow valleys with that extra lenght? Also, most of the end grain I work is small. I don’t have a problem with a block and low-angle block getting the job done. It is too long for small area end grain?
Just some questions I would like to know from those that have been using hand planes awhile. Would I be better off with just the low-angle smoother and let my other planes handle the rest. Or would the low-angle jack give me more versatility?
I find these things simple, but complicated all in the same breath.I would appreciate experienced advice in this case before I make a bad decision with my in-experience of hand-planes. Your opinion matters before I “write the check”. ha..ha..