|Forum topic by bonaventura||posted 04-24-2011 05:03 AM||1801 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
04-24-2011 05:03 AM
totally newbie in woodworking and decided to start with handtools before progressing to powered tools.
i plan to joint 2 pieces of mahogany each 50cm x 20cm x 6cm. for practice, i acquired 2 slabs of pine, slightly oversized.
i rough dimensioned it (busted down?) by using a 30cm taiwan/hongkong style plane but i use it without the handle bar. it went well, i learned to lap the sole, sharpen the blade and tune this style of plane and feel the grain direction.
truing also went ok. not perfect but the design i plan doesnt require super flat surfaces anyway.
except for the edges to be jointed. i always try to apply the correct stance (start with pressure at the toe and transfer pressure to the heel towards the end). but somehow the edge is slightly concave (along the length), eventhough i got blade wide, full length shavings.
the other day, i got my first stanley. an england made no 5 that works properly. but i still get that concave edge. initially i thought that the extra length and the longer sole behind the cutter will give me better result (my first plane has the cutter at/around the middle).
so question 1 : judging from the concave edge that i got, what did i do wrong? i reckon that i might be putting too little pressure at the heel and toe when the plane passes the middle of the edge (right abt when i shift the pressure from toe to heel)
question 2 : is it really possible to joint a 50cm edge using a no 5?
at the moment i compensate by making short passes starting around the top of the concave to shave off the peak and work my way towards the ends. when put together i still get less than perfect joint line.
appreciate your input…