In truth, this is maybe an apples and oranges
comparison. However, I find myself grabbing for each at different times or
Anyone who owns a L-N No. 62 can attest to its precision and versatility. It is
I find my 62 works best in several instances. First, it’s a fantastic jointer on
small projects. I can even clamp it upside down in a vice and use it as a
mandolin of sorts. Second, it is my “go to” plane to accompany my shooting
board. Finally, it is a great smoothing plane on larger projects.
The Robert Towell miter, from an age before CNC mills, is an extraordinary and
wonderful tool. It is bred to do one thing; make the thinnest and finest
shavings. The bed angle is steep, and the mouth is super tight. There is some
Despite having a high angle and thick sole (1/4”), the Towell miter is dead flat
and has no deflection like a thinner, lower angle plane. Combined with sheer
weight (more than 4 lbs), creates a tool that can make magically thin shavings.
For me, this plane is a finish smoother. It excels in this regard and tames
almost everything thrown at it. A true joy to use.
Check out the Gabon Ebony shavings it produces and the finished surface it
Katalox planes very much like rosewood. It’s hard but behaves well for
the 62 when it’s straight grained.
Very thin shavings from the 62. A super smooth surface that can be dialed in.
The Katalox shavings are always fun to make.