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Thread: 4 1/2 Smoother....?

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    4 1/2 Smoother....?

    I'm in the market for a 4 1/2 smoother, anyone have a good user they are willing to part with?

    Of course the Bedrock 604 1/2 is what I'd really like

    New my choices are Lee Valley, Lie Nielsen or Clifton planes.

    I have to say if I'm going to buy new, I'm really looking hard at the Lie Nielsen. The Veritas is very cool, but it just seems to me, and I could be wrong, but they have reinvented the wheel here

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    if i were you and was gonna go new it would be the LN.
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    That's a great size. Wish I'd known earlier in the summer you were in the market. I thinned out my herd and let an older Record 04-1/2 that was nice shape go pretty cheap....even got scolded by a seasoned veteran on another forum for the low pricing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott spencer View Post
    That's a great size. Wish I'd known earlier in the summer you were in the market. I thinned out my herd and let an older Record 04-1/2 that was nice shape go pretty cheap....even got scolded by a seasoned veteran on another forum for the low pricing!
    you should have got scolded for not posting it here scott
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    I know where a Stanley is sitting at
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    If you go new then definitely the lie nielsen hands down. I had the 25th anniversary bronze 4-1/2 that I was forced to part with last winter.. it's a beautiful plane!

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    I have the LN, and it is a great plane, although I find it too heavy. After using it for a while, the others look light as feathers
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    Last edited by Bart Leetch; 09-02-2011 at 09:27 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    The Veritas is very cool, but it just seems to me, and I could be wrong, but they have reinvented the wheel here
    Have you considered the Veritas Bevel-Up Smoother?

    That's on my drool list...
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    those woodrivers are some nice planes! great copies of the old bedrocks brought to modern standards.

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