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Forum topic by Ben posted 05-05-2017 09:45 PM 420 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben

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05-05-2017 09:45 PM

Hey all,

I’m curious to ask you:

When doing something like a small jewelry box, how and when do you prep the pieces – specifically the interiors?
Do you give every piece a swipe or two with the hand plane, or orbital sander?

I’ve been playing it safe and doing it with the sander. I’m working with curly Maple and seem to get tearout no matter which plane I use and which direction I run it. But I know there’s a way to not have to mess with the sander at all, and get a much nicer surface prep and finish.

Would you guys prep the surface before laying out and cutting dovetails? Or layout/cut right off the table saw/planer, and then refine after assembly?

This leads me to another question: I bought a L-N 50 degree #4 plane specifically for figured hardwoods. How do you go about determining which direction to run the plane in to avoid tearout? Or is it a matter of running it and hope you get lucky, reverse if it tears?

Thanks a lot!


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Redoak49

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#1 posted 05-05-2017 09:54 PM

Some wood is tough to plane and avoid tear out.

I might try a card scraper.

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 05-06-2017 02:22 PM

Ben – After resawing the parts for the drawers in my current Prie Dieu build, I used a card scraper to smooth, before cutting to size, then cut the dovetails. Once assembled, I go over the drawer with 400 grit paper.
 

 

 
The card scraper is also good for figured hardwoods … it takes a bit longer, but the result is worth it!

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

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#3 posted 05-06-2017 03:14 PM

Thanks Ron! Man, that is one beautiful shop you have. Nice work!

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#4 posted 05-06-2017 04:26 PM



Thanks Ron! Man, that is one beautiful shop you have. Nice work!

- Ben

Thanks, Ben … it’s my little sanctuary!

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

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