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Blog entry by Cecil Rogers posted 216 days ago 832 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been said that “sharp fixes everything.” It never ceases to amaze me how wood can transform with sharp tools… What follows is a series of photos that illustrates this transformation. Here are the particulars:
Hard maple
Veritas bevel up smoother
VERY sharp blade set to just under .001”

Pic 1 – Straight off the planer. It’s flat, but the very small ridges left by the planer blades give it a matte finish.

Pic 2 – A couple of passes and the ridges start to disappear.

Pic 3 – After about four or five passes, the ridges are really starting to come down…

Pic 4 – About six passes into it, they are all but gone.

Pic 5 – One final pass (just for me) and the wood just shines… you just can’t get that with sandpaper. It’s ready for the finish of your choice.

It’s just an awesome transformation. I love wood… and very sharp tools.

-- Cecil, Orange Park, FL

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#1 posted 216 days ago

Very nice illustration Cecil.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 216 days ago

Well, congrats, I barely can do that with Photoshop!

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#3 posted 216 days ago

Focus does for photography what sharpness does for woodworking.

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#4 posted 216 days ago

And it feels like glass!

-- Mark

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#5 posted 216 days ago

Please note that the point of this photo series wasn’t to demonstrate my prowess or skills as a photographer. Nor were they do pronounce the limitations of my camera. They do both quite well. Rather, their focus was to illustrate a level of surface finish that can be obtained by tools that are well maintained. For that, they are adequate.

-- Cecil, Orange Park, FL

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#6 posted 215 days ago

I don’t think your photos do your work justice. IMO.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#7 posted 215 days ago

Thanks. I’m still learning… it’s a life long challenge.

-- Cecil, Orange Park, FL

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