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The Sawdust Chronicles Challenge #2: Okay, uncambered smoothing plane. You got my attention.

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Blog entry by Eric posted 1914 days ago 877 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay, so I had 30 minutes to work on the TSDC desk organizer build challenge. I figured the first step is to prep my stock – plane, then sand if necessary. I’m hot and grumpy. It’s like 85 to 90 degrees outside, like always, and I don’t have any fan in the shop.

But my Stanley #4 seems to be doing its job pretty well. At least, until I ran my hand over the board.

No Camber

So I guess I’m going to work on cambering my blade before doing anything else. Either that or go over this board with the cabinet scraper. But with more wood to prep, I may as well take the time to do this right. Right?

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com



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bluchz

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#1 posted 1914 days ago

Cambering? Does that mean the blade is cupped or uneven across the cutting edge?

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Eric

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#2 posted 1914 days ago

No, cambering is putting the slightest bit more pressure on the blade’s corners when sharpening, so that the corners of the plane don’t leave big plough marks in the wood (as you can see in the picture above). So when you camber the blade, it has the barest curve to it – you might not even notice it with the naked eye.

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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#3 posted 1914 days ago

Yeah, looks like the iron is not perfectly square to the sole or you may need to chamfer a little bit the corner edge or even round it over.

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#4 posted 1914 days ago

Looks nice.

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#5 posted 1914 days ago

Good start

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#6 posted 1913 days ago

Woodworm, I think you got it exactly right. Someone else pointed out to me that all the grooves are going the same way, which means just what you said – I just need to adjust my blade!

I think I’ll still knock the corners off that blade though…

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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