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Forum topic by TomK posted 01-10-2008 01:41 PM 3795 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2008 01:41 PM

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I’m looking for input on the ideal angle for a plane blade in a jointer plane. I am ready to start building a jointer plane from a 22×3 x 3 blank of quarter sawn mesquite. Conventional wisdom says 45 degrees for the blade angle, but if this is going to be primarily for edge grain on hardwoods, is 45 deg. ideal? I have a Hock blade for this project. Also, advice for handles? Any input?

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 01-10-2008 03:29 PM

I set my Razee fore plane at 45 but Douglas’s smoother at 50. Maybe build one of each. I joint with a Craftsman (Sargent) #7 set at 45 with 25 on the iron. It comes out smooth as glass. For tote and knob, look at the inset ones on my Razee. The knob on this plane is actually a strike to lift the iron. Have fun.

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#2 posted 01-11-2008 12:44 PM

Hi Tom

Why set your sights at one jointer? :)

Most of the woods I plane are hard and have interlinked grain. For these a 60 degree angle of attack works best. Here is the 30” jointer in Jarrah I built a while back …

and a close up of the blade/bed area you are interested in …

Other jointers I own include … a Stanley #7. This has a 45 degree bed/frog. It works best on softer, straight grained woods. .... and a LV BU Jointer. This is a bevel up plane and has the advantage of being able to be set up at any angle. I have built a few BU planes and they are actually easier than bevel down planes to construct.

In my experience there is little difference between 45- and 50 degree angles of attack. Either go for 45 degrees or 60 degrees. Some will argue that the high angle is harder to push. I do not find this to be so in woodies. The soles are very slick. However, my high angle woodies all have 2”wide blades.

A few 60 degree HNT Gordon woodies:

Regards from Perth


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