Hand Planed Board

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 04-10-2010 06:29 AM 1038 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This week I had a piece of 5/4 white oak that I needed to take down to 7/8. I decided to do it by hand which was a first for me. I used my #5 crossgrain to take most of the material off and then a #8 with the grain to level it and finish it off. There were a few spots with tear out so I hit them with the #4 to fix them. All in all it was a lot of work but I learned a lot about my planes in the process. I recommed it for anyone and am anxious to learn more and imporve my work. Here’s a pic.

White oak board

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 04-10-2010 06:47 AM

That’s impressive Mike, what a cool way to make something for your boy. It’ll be an heirloom for sure!

Beautiful board by the way!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#2 posted 04-10-2010 07:15 AM

Nice to see others going BACK to hand planes. Quite the feeling. What I noticed is when people use a hand plane they start with the blade cutting too much. I start with the blade just barely cutting, I find more smaller cut passes the less tearout occurs. BE Patient.
Your shavings are curling so I think you were on right track.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 04-10-2010 03:28 PM

Few things will bring you back to your early formative woodworking experiences (read Jr High Shop-Grandpas shop) like handplaning. Today the thrill for me comes with a rummage purchase of a complete plane, doing a good cleanup, sharpen the iron, shine the sole, tune it til it sings. I hedge my bet by doing the first setup it basswood or soft pine. Edge-cut to start. Go til you can get a shaving in the full length in a tight curl. The pull back the iron, creating thinner shavings til you can see through them. Means you may need to hone, touch-up, hone, test, hone, get the full fine curl. Pull back the Iron again (1/12 tiurn – one hours worth on a clock). Test, hone, reset and square the Iron, hone, touchup, hone test. Got the basswood figured out—one cell thick, full board length. Work the surface—corners gouging? touchup and hone the corners, again the goal is full length curl, one cell thick. Now go harder—but not too hard. then Maple, then wild grain, elm or crotchwood. When you get it square on six sides – post the gloat. These are skills few have and many (like me are impressed by the skill, patience and effort necessary to make this happen.) My last one was a #8 Corrugated. Next one is a #60 1/2 . Great pic and project. Thanks for the post. s

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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