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ChuckV

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 04:26 AM

Jeff,

This does not really answer your question, but keep in mind that the cutting angle of a bevel-down plane can also be increased by creating a back bevel on the blade:

The instructions for the Veritas® Mk.II Honing Guide explain it like this:
On a bench plane (where the blade is mounted bevel down), a back bevel is used to increase the effective cutting angle from the otherwise fixed 45° of the plane bed. This is useful when working wood with highly figured and/or reversing grain. The back-bevel angle will need to be tailored to the particular situation.

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