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Posted on Type of plane for dense hardwoods (Maple/purpleheart/figured maple)

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 10:29 PM

The harder and more figured a wood is, the more prone it tends
to be to tearout. Going with a plane that scrapes a little
more and cuts a little less is the answer.

Scraper planes work, but the angle is usually higher than
you’ll need.

A standard bench plane is bedded at 45 degrees, which
works well on straight-grained hardwoods and softwoods –
it is also efficient, can take deep and shallow cuts well,
and is not too much work to push around.

Move the bevel up with an aftermarket “York pitch” frog
(Lie Nielsen), an infill smoother, a custom-made wood plane,
or by back-beveling the iron by 5 degrees.

Brian Burns’s pamphlet “double bevel sharpening” is
useful in understanding and solving these issues,
both with hand planes and machines.

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