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#1 posted 06-19-2013 07:44 PM

Set the chipbreaker very close to the edge for cherry, like
1/32” back. The chipbreaker should be polished on top
and the bottom of the front edge flattened so it bears
evenly against the iron.

For smoothing, set the mouth fine. Camber the iron
a bit and set it for a fine cut.

You still have to watch the grain direction and cherry
is not one of the easier woods to work with hand planes.
You’ll need to scrape here and there, perhaps a lot.

When you encounter an area where the grain reverses,
mark the surface with a pencil so you can see where
the reversal is. This way you can move on and do
some more work going in direction A. Then, after
you’ve got some satisfactory work done in direction
A, go back and plane in direction B. Be careful to stop
your strokes so you don’t tear up direction A areas
you’ve already planed. Some areas will still be tricky,
but most of the surface should be workable with
a plane this way.

You can also “back bevel” the iron by 5 degrees
and this will raise the effective pitch of the plane
to 50 degrees, resulting in a more scraping cut
that handles wiley grain better.

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