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#1 posted 05-07-2013 04:03 PM

I am working with the grain on the wood

To be clear, when we are talking about going with the grain, it is not a matter of along the grain or across, it is which direction along the grain. Most people who have not worked with hand planes or scrapers before do not realize that this will make a difference. I sure didn’t before learning to use them.

Once you have it resharpened, tuned and ready to go, try this. Plane two or three strokes down the long grain side of a board one direction, then switch and plane the same surface in the opposite direction (180 degrees). You will hear and feel a difference and know immediately which is with the grain or “uphill” as ssnvet termed it.

If you already knew this, sorry for the redundancy, but maybe someone else reading the thread did not. Good luck with your tune-up and let us know how it goes.

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