I really prefer wooden bodied planes. I find them to work better and they resonate with me. I would never get rid of my Stanley no.4, while my no.5 and no.6 is a different story. I just found this 22″ Chapin union factory jointer. Not bad for $15. In theory I can do anything with this smoother, jack, and jointer.
They aren’t too hard to adjust. Its fun to smack it with a hammer! Since I have wooden and iron equivalents, sometimes I get lazy and just change the plane instead of adjusting it! I have 2 extra irons and will eventually make 2 smoothers. I have found that good wooden smoothers with a tight mouth are a bit tricky to find. I have been fortunate that I have a wooden scrub, smoother, jack, jointer, plow, moving fillister, and some moulding planes. I really enjoy them more than metal, but like I said I will never get rid of the no.4
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