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jimmymmc

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11-17-2016 08:45 PM

I recently bought a low angle jack plane and a number 4 smoothing plane.

I seem to be on the right track with the jack plane, but I experience a lot of tear out with the smoothing plane and I am not getting the same thin continuous ribbon that I see people get on youtube videos.

I try adjusting the depth of the iron, but it’s either to shallow and doesn’t touch the wood, or it’s too deep and gougues to deep into the wood.

Should I be waxing the plane base?

Sharpen the blade? I’ve been using the blade right out of the box, but figure its still pretty sharp.


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HerbC

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#1 posted 11-17-2016 09:29 PM

Sharpen the blade!

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#2 posted 11-17-2016 09:35 PM

Like he said, sharpen blade first ask questions later. Process of elimination. Just like trouble shooting a four stroke motor. Check for fuel and spark. Proceed from there.

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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#3 posted 11-17-2016 10:51 PM

I third the sharpening advice :)

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#4 posted 11-17-2016 10:55 PM

Did someone mention sharpening the iron? ;-) I’ve not seen a plane yet that comes out of the box really ready to use. Even the high end ones need honing before touching wood.

And yes, waxing the sole of the plane will help.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 11-18-2016 12:19 AM

Sharpen the blade? I’ve been using the blade right out of the box, but figure its still pretty sharp.

Nope, out of the box = dull. Flatten the back then sharpen. New planes are not sharp.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 11-18-2016 02:35 AM

Did you sharpen the la jack? I’m surprised it’s not giving you a fit if you didn’t

Definitely flatten the back and make sure the chip breaker is set properly. Those 2 things are particularly important with a smoother but should be done on all planes.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 11-18-2016 08:00 PM

Well I did recently get a LA Jack from Lie Nielsen and that came out of the box sharp enough to get fine continuous shavings on pine and cedar… Not quite the same thing as fine continuous shavings on figured maple though, and they even recommend putting on a micro bevel before serious use.

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#8 posted 11-19-2016 03:50 AM

I don’t know, but I think you should sharpen the blade :)

-- John from Murrieta

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#9 posted 11-20-2016 12:21 AM

Did you sharpen the blade yet?

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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