Welcome to August's Tool of the Month blog post, this month it's the Lie Nielsen no 62.
The Lie Nielsen no 62 is a low angle jack plane, which is different to standard bench planes as the blade is used bevel up and bedded at 12° like a block plane.
A 'jack plane' is a plane that can be used as an all rounder, so it must be able to do rough fast leveling as well as light fine smoothing. The No 62 can do this and a lot more, making it a very versatile tool!
Firstly with the standard blade the low cutting angle gives a slicing cut which works better on hard end grain. This plane works brilliantly when used with a shooting board (see earlier blog posts).
However If you were to regrind the blade at 30° the cutting angle would become 42° (30° + plane bed 12°) which is pretty close to a standard bevel down plane (45°) this works well for general planing requirements!
Now for really awkward tearout prone timbers resharpening the bevel at 50° gives an effective cutting angle of 62°. This gives the plane a scraping cutting action giving nice clean cuts in even the most interlocked of grains.
I have two blades for my no 62, one is sharpened for slicing end grain and the other is 50° for taming tearout. Having more than one blade saves a lot of time!
That's all for August, look out for September's blog!
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