|Forum topic by derosa||posted 01-19-2012 09:26 AM||2415 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
01-19-2012 09:26 AM
Is there some sort of secret to getting a #4 to actually do anything useful? I have two of these things and I can’t get either one of them to actually plane with any kind of consistency or quality, both have been tuned by lapping the soles flat. Blades have been sharpened, one with a very tiny camber at the corners. The frog on both has been adjusted to flush with the mouth so the blade will smoothly transition to the mouth opening.
Just this evening I used my #7 to joint up boards tight enough that light doesn’t show through the seams and have gotten good enough with it that recently I’ve started to be able to use the non-clamp method of gluing joints. I used my #6 to make nice even cambers on all the edges without any tear out. And I used my #5 to level out a very slightly warped board before resetting the blade to smooth it. Because no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get either #4 to do any smoothing at all. It didn’t want to remove any sort of shaving and only when I started pressing down did it do anything and that was to dig into the wood despite going with the grain. A slight turn of the adjusting knob and it wouldn’t even dig in with heavy pressure let alone produce a shaving.
I was watching the woodwright’s shop today and they had a #4 producing the cleanest shavings, something I’ve been able to do with my #5 and my #7 if I have two boards that don’t need a lot of jointing but never even close with the 4. So what am I missing?
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