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Keith Cruickshank

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#1 posted 06-09-2008 01:29 AM

Yes, as Wayne says, a low angle block plane is great for working end grain. If you don’t have a shooting board handy, the key in that case is to use a backer block or board to prevent tear-out on the back side where the blade edge exits the back side of the stock. The shooting board has one built-in so to speak, but you can get the same results in a pinch with a backer board simply mounted behind the stock place in a vice.

Good luck.

p.s. For some, this video demo might help – go to:
(go to minute 2 for block plane demo on end grain)

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