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#1 posted 10-04-2012 10:50 PM

All I do on my toothed iron is sharpen it once in awhile … no camber. I’ve used it so much to thickness and prepare face stock that I’m actually missing a few teeth on it. But it is about 7 yrs old. The Jack plane with the toothed iron is my first step. Using the toothed iron is like using a scrub … you go all over the face of the board in all directions.

To thickness a board just do go overboard. Like a scrub, it takes off a lot of wood fast.

Using the 50° on end grain on a shooting board isn’t all that much harder than using any of the others. OK, maybe a little, but it won’t break your arm or anything. You’ll be glad you did when you see the end product.

When I’m finished with the toothed iron I’ll put the 38° in the jack and use it to smooth out the tooth marks and then put in the 50° and use it as a smoother. My final step is to use my scraper plane or just a scraper. Like I said … I hardly use the 25° iron at all anymore.

Take a look at my recent floating top tables project. The tops which are 22” x 22” were done using my jack plane and the various irons along with the scrapers. You can see they are too big to go through a planer, so I had to do them all by hand.

-- Don

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