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fo57

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04-04-2017 03:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane blade

I have a #4 Record hand plane (around 15 years old). I was never happy with the chip breaker. Despite attempts to flatten it, I always got shavings that slid between it and the blade. The blade is flat. I’ve used it with other chip breakers. Eventually, I replaced the chip breaker and blade with a Hock set up, and relegated the original to scrub plane work. And it works fine, but even with the chip breaker pulled back, I still get shavings between it and the blade. This doesn’t keep it from working: I’m just hogging out material. But it drives me batty.

So my question: could I heat the chip breaker and introduce a bit more curve in order to better seat it to the blade? Is it made of O1 steel? Or will I just screw it up?

P.S.: I feel pretty confident about re-heating if the metal is O1. Anyone know what it is?

-- Frank O.


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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 04:02 PM

... heat the chip breaker and introduce a bit more curve in order to better seat it to the blade?

- fo57

Why would you want more curve? The goal is to get the chip breaker to seat on a flat plane … if you are getting shavings between the chip breaker and the iron … one of the two is not flat (if not both).
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 07:24 PM

Have a read through this blog post I did on fitting a chipbreaker during a plane rehab. I think it’ll answer some questions for you!

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

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#3 posted 04-05-2017 02:02 AM

My writing is not the best, so I didn’t make myself clear. One side of the chip breaker is high. I have worked it down in an effort to straighten it out. But one side is still high and am concerned that if I keep filing away at it, the chip breaker will overall not have enough pressure at the edge. So I was thinking that I could introduce a little more of a curve (at the hump part) and that would give me more metal to work with to re-establish a straight/flat contact and keep sufficient pressure at the edge.

I have other hand planes and have successfully adjusted the chip breakers to look like the photo that Ron sent and am happy with their performance even in oak.

Kenny, I will check you blog post. Thank you both for responding.

-- Frank O.

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#4 posted 04-05-2017 02:31 AM

Yes, you can place the curve of the chip breaker in the vise (breaker will be upside down) and put additional bend in the breaker. No harm, no foul. No heat required.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 04-05-2017 02:41 AM

Prefect! Thanks.

-- Frank O.

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#6 posted 04-05-2017 03:00 AM



Yes, you can place the curve of the chip breaker in the vise (breaker will be upside down) and put additional bend in the breaker. No harm, no foul. No heat required.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Smitty is spot on. No heat required.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#7 posted 04-05-2017 10:22 AM

^ agree … should bend just fine!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#8 posted 04-05-2017 03:16 PM



Yes, you can place the curve of the chip breaker in the vise (breaker will be upside down) and put additional bend in the breaker. No harm, no foul. No heat required.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

That’s exactly what I do in the blog post linked above :-)

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

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