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Posted on Which of these would be better for end grain?

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 10:27 PM

Try working end grain with a standard bench plane with a finely
set, very sharp iron and a fine mouth. The mass of a
heavy plane body helps avoid chatter while also helping
the finely protruding iron to stay in he cut. Success
with planing end grain is not only a matter of bed angles.

With a shooting board as shown above, the low angle
jack plane has a friendlier design when holding it by
the sides because the high frog of a standard plane
is not in the way… and also the balance is nicer
that way with the weight of the iron and lever
cap concentrated so close to the sole.

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