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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 11:15 PM

Sharp, sharp, sharp. Its all about a sharp well tuned plane and a light cut. Get it sharp, close up the mouth, and set the chipbreaker as close as possible. I smoothed some curly maple yesterday with a LN with a 45 degree frog, but my vintage Stanleys will do it to. With a very closely set chipbreaker I got a nice smooth surface. If I do get tearout my LV BUS will usually take care of it.

As another poster said, A back bevel will raise the effective cutting angle if sharp and well tuned don’t cut it. Then go to a bevel up smoother, or a scraper plane as a last resort.

If your plane is chattering its either not sharp or its not sharp and the iron is not bedded well and/or you are trying to take to rank of a cut.


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