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Posted on Need help with Stanley Sweetheart 60 1/2 low angle block plane

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David Craig

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 09:12 AM

The low angle block plane is more geared for working on end grain while the 9 1/2 works better on edge grain. Lower angles make it easier to push the plane but are more prone to tear out while higher angles work better on figured wood, produce less tear out, but are much more difficult to push. Dust is not ideally what you are shooting for when shaving the end grain. Sometimes I will get a little bit when I first start planing the end but quickly moves to thin shavings. You might want to try honing the blade, that one comes sharp out of the factory but a little honing might be required to be effective. Try extending the blade just a touch more also. I know the knob has a little play and sometimes takes a couple turns in order to extend it out a bit. I think you have it just about borderline. Also, you can get it to go out a little further when you open the mouth of the plane, the lever which opens and closes the mouth should be right on the toe of the plane, under the brass knob.

Hope this helps,


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