Shop-Made Shooting Plane: Bevel and Bed Angle

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Forum topic by Dchip posted 02-08-2011 06:24 PM 1170 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2011 06:24 PM

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I have a spare no. 4 blade that I want to build a dedicated shooting board plane around. I’m designing it to be a very basic one-trick pony, so I’m looking for the best specs. for such. As such:

It should be low-angle for end-grain cutting, seems around 37* is standard? Would going even lower be better since this will be its only use (and tear-out won’t be a problem)? I’m using the standard wedge approach to secure the blade, would too low a bed angle jeopardize the blades security?

Does a bevel-up style plane have benefits outside of being able to adjust the cutting angle by honing/extra blades? It seems most low-angle planes are bevel up. I know that the bed angle would have to be much lower for a bevel-up plane.

Will I have problems with a lack of weight seeing as this plane will be predominately wood? Any ideas for adding weight?

I know this is a loaded question, I appreciate input on any and all points. Thanks.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 02-08-2011 07:38 PM

I can be a little challenging to build successful low-angle bevel up planes
out of wood. If working in metal, you can go to a pretty low angle.

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