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Forum topic by popmandude posted 03-19-2011 02:37 AM 2697 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2011 02:37 AM

Howdy all.
Just wonderin how hand planes handle figured wood. I can’t afford Byrd heads for my jointer and planer, and a drum sander is not in the foreseeable future either. If hand planes are a good option, which model, or size would work best. I can also justify hand planes to my boss (wife) ” no electricity babe, savin moey.” I am startin to think about hand tools more an more.


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#1 posted 03-19-2011 02:50 AM

I would recommend a 4 1/2 I have 2, one Lie Nielsen and a 70+ year old Stanley with a corregated sole. The Stanley has a hock iron. Unfortunately I have the regular 50 degree frog, and wish I had gotten the 55 degree frog when I got the LN a few years ago. The higher angle helps prevent tear out in more highly figured stock. You can find lots of good older planes on the used market, it’s not very hard to clean them up and get them working very well. I thinks someone posted a blog on tuning up older planes just this week.

-- Glen

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#2 posted 03-19-2011 04:52 AM

Get a no. 80 or 81 cabinet scraper and some card scrapers.

You’ll need a burnisher and a file. A drill or router bit shank works in
a pinch as a burnisher.

A regular #4 plane can be sharpened to a higher angle by putting
a 5 to 10 degree bevel on the back of the blade. This raises
the pitch to 50 or 55 degrees from the standard 45.

A used Stanley #4 is about $20 on ebay. $10-15 for some card
scrapers. $20-30 for the cabinet scraper.

Brian Burns booklet “Double Bevel Sharpening” explains how to
build a setup for reliably back-beveling plane blades for tear-out
free finish planing in figured woods. The method works and
I used it at one time. Later I acquired and made planes with
various pitches and didn’t need to back-bevel irons anymore.

My old Stanley no. 80 cabinet scraper is a humble tool, but I use
it a lot on hardwoods. Such a scraper doesn’t burn your thumbs
like a card scraper will.

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 08:11 PM

Witch ever plane you choose set it up for smoothing. And you can’t go wrong with a plane old scrapper.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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