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#1 posted 02-21-2011 11:03 PM

I don’t lift my plane. As you said John I also noticed that it removes the crap stuck at the cutting end of the blade and helps hone it a bit, plus it takes a great lot more pressure than the mere weight of the plane to actually cut into the wood. At least with my light-weight cheapo (but well honed) 3€ plane. Plus you go way faster when you have the tool already set above the surface.

But I think it also depends on the actual depth of cut you put in your plane. I like it thin and always set the depth of my blade by placing a sheet of printer paper under the front portion of the sole (right behind the blade), let the blade fall into position by gravity, adjust it a bit by moving the plane backwards a few centimeters, then lock it in place. I get very nice paper-thin shavings setting it up that way and no scratching issues when going backwards. And again, with a cheap 3€ plane. The secret is having the useful portions of the front and back of the blade polished to a mirror-shine (I should also polish the sole, but oh, well).

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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