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Posted on Bevel Up vs. Bevel Down - Why buy a bevel down plane anymore?

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 02:18 AM

With a bevel down plane, you have a lot more metal behind the edge to keep it from deforming. This is a big plus when taking off a lot of wood, or when you run into a knot, etc. A bevel up plane has the meat metal in front of the cutting edge, giving it no support. Yes, finer attack angle which is good at shearing, but fails when hitting hard obstructions.

Today we have a lot of machines that do the rough work, so hand planes are used more for finishing work by most people. However, if you are scrubbing, or taking deep cuts, particularly in knotty or hard wood, and you get your shoulder behind a bevel up plane, expect to be repairing a badly chipped edge as opposed to just a dull one if the bevel is down.

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