Cap iron free No.4 update
It appears that this plane works just as well without a cap iron as a similar plane with one. Which leaves me with a few questions that need answers... but I will leave that for later.
Here are the No.4 specs:
- 7-1/2" long sole
- 2" wide, high carbon steel blade (by Ron Hock)
- 52.5 degree bed angle
- .004" mouth opening
I tested the plane on some flame birch first - pictured above. I use this particular piece of Birch all the time - it is not an easy wood to plane. This No.4 did not have any problems at all - tear out free and no chattering to speak of.
Then I tried it on some pretty strait cherry without adjusting the iron at all. It produced similar shavings with ease.
The big question is.... can I justify yet another smoother for myself?