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#1 posted 02-20-2011 05:13 PM

Interesting responses and I appreciate them—I’ve heard it said that if you ask 10 woodworkers how to do something you’ll get 10 answers! In thinking over my technique, at 61 this is how I’ve always done it, leave it on the wood. I’ve also taught literally hundreds of Junior High students the same. I like the thought that keeping it on the wood hones the blade—makes sense. I also agree that the thin shavings from my smoother “clog the throat” so then I lift the plane off.
Whew, mind is spinning but the idea that seems to make sense is that by leaving the blade in contact with the wood I seem to establish a rhythm as I work on that smooth, square surface—- what say you??

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