Low Angle Jack Plane Review (One Hand Plane For Multiple Tasks)
This is my first plane review and I thought I would give you my thoughts on the Lie-Nielsen No 62 low angle jack plane. I purchased this plane about 2 months ago and have had the opportunity to use it on a couple projects now. I am very impressed with how many different tasks I can perform with just one plane. The low bed angle and bevel up plane iron gives you the ability to sharpen to different bevels to tackle several tasks. I purchased an extra iron with the plane and I keep one iron at the factory 25 degree bevel with no camber. This works great for end grain work like fitting a door to a case or to use as a shooting plane. It leaves a glassy smooth finish and slices through end grain very easily.
I sharpened the additional iron to 43 degrees and setting this on the 12 degree bed angle of the plane gives me a 55 degree cutting angle. This combined with the ability to adjust the toe of the plane and close the mouth up very tight has been giving me tear out free results in tiger maple even planing against the grain.
There is also a toothed iron that reduces tear out when taking heavy shavings and a 90 degree iron that will essentially turn the plane in to a scraper plane (I have not got to try these yet). Even with the two irons I have, the ability to create a new bevel angle on the bevel up iron and the adjustable mouth, this the most versatile plane I own
The only disadvantage of the plane is that I am so used to the bailey pattern plane and how easy it is to adjust the depth and lateral adjuster while making the cut, it took a while to get used to not having those features on this no 62. Tapping the iron with a mallet to adjust it side to side and having a small depth adjuster makes it a little more time consuming to get a nice even shaving. This is not a negative on the plane, just something I’m not used to yet and have to get better and faster at.
Like every other Lie-Nielsen tool I own, the plane came in perfect condition. The Iron was razor sharp. The sole was flat and sides were square to the sole. That being said, I have tried the Veritas and Wood River versions of this plane and would be very happy with one of them also. I think regardless of the brand, this is an excellent plane design and if I could only have one bench plane (I hope it never comes to that!!!), I would choose my Lie-Nielsen no 62.