|Forum topic by ChunkyC||posted 10-23-2011 05:25 AM||1128 views||1 time favorited||20 replies|
10-23-2011 05:25 AM
I ran into a situation that I just couldn’t get passed tonight, I should say get passed easily. I re-sawed some 3/4 walnut to make a 1/4” thick glued up a panel. I will normally joint the edges of the pieces that need it with my Veritas low angle jointer using the “fold it like a book method.” This method usually works very well for me and I tend to get very nice joint lines. Not tonight, the jointer Gods were not with me! The one board was tearing something horrible on about the last 1/8 of the board. The other board had a little tear out at about the same location but it wasn’t anything serious at all.
I tried everything that I know to do, using water to “soften” the fibers, re sharping the iron in the jointer, taking the lightest cut that I could get, trying a different plane, going the opposite direction, using a card scraper (this made a terrible joint line.) Nothing that I tried worked.
I couldn’t get pass the tear out. I ended up ripping the edges off on the table saw to get rid of the worst of the tear out. I then glued a sheet of 150 sandpaper to the top of my workbench and sanded all along the edges until a got, at least a somewhat acceptable joint line. In the end, the panel turned out fine but I spent more time making the back panel than I have on the rest of the project.
I thought about trying Mineral Spirits to soften the fibers some but I figured that if the water didn’t help, the MS probably wouldn’t either.
So what other tricks are there to taming tear out? Or does my technique need refined.
Thanks in advance,
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