First impressions of tuning and using a kanna

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Blog entry by siavosh posted 04-05-2014 04:26 AM 2901 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my first kanna just arrived all the way from Japan. A Koyama brand (intro level plane) I got from toolsfromjapan. After reading and watching all the articles and videos I could find, I’ve been tweeking it and practicing all week.

Conclusion after the first week: there’s a lot to learn. Unlike my LN Jack plane, I feel the learning curve is much higher in setting one up, but it’s by no means out of reach. So far, the curls are slowly reaching the level of my western style plane, and I’m confident unless I screw up the dai (the wooden block), it should get easier. The biggest challenge so far is adjusting the correct depth and lateral adjustment of the blade (finicky, might be the word).

Despite all the struggles to make gossamer shavings that shoots out of the plane, it’s been extremely rewarding to see incremental improvements. Making shavings shouldn’t be this fun.

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 07:12 AM

Your results speak for themselves. The shavings look nice. Seems like you did a fine job of tuning. I have also been tuning up a pair of japanese planes this week. I am spending time conditioning the bottom of the dai. It is interesting to see how this impacts the quality of the shavings. I have started to condition the hollows more gradually, leading up to the touch points. If you have not read Chris Hall’s blog, you should check out the “smile and wave” entries, on japanese dai conditioning.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 11:34 AM

cool post. Just a quick edit to the one above me…here’s the correct url:

Thanks for sharing the resource!

-- Steve

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 08:59 PM

Thanks folks, I’m a big fan of Chris’ blog, and loved his ‘smile and wave’ series. I keep going back to it, and learn something new each time.

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 09:27 PM

Good post. You got some nice shavings there.

-- Leon .

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 12:48 AM

Those shaving look like soy paper used in wrapping sushi, great even thin shavings…

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