I just bought a new LN low angle jack plane with second blade for smoothing maybe a week ago. Really impressed with the manufacturing and it’s been a nice plane so far (I beveled a cherry top for an end table with ease, ok it was a workout.)
Fast forward a week later and of course a 4 and 4 1/2 LN planes in great condition for a reasonable price popped up on Craigslist and I’m wondering if it’s worth getting a second smoother right away or get something like a shoulder plane first for trimming tenons since I can probably get away with a LAJ for smoothing.
I’ve only ever used my block plane, a old record no 5 which I could never get setup right to cut decently (I probably could have, but wanted to spend more time working wood than my tools) prior to my LAJ so curious for opinions before I plunk down on something I may or may not need.
I was looking at the smoother for cleaning up saw marks on my tapered legs and smoothing table tops up to coffee table sized, which are things that I build often.