|Forum topic by Scott||posted 425 days ago||657 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
425 days ago
I planed a few sapele boards and it wasn’t so bad with the reversing grain, but the last board was ridiculous. Nothing I could do stopped the tear out, huge chips, even with a smoothing plane. I played around a bit and found that there are a few things that will tame the wild beast.
First plane along the grain in both directions to pick the predominate grain direction, the one with the least amount of tear out. Then you will plane in that direction.
Now, I tried just planing at 45 degrees to the grain, but that didn’t do much good at all.
The magic that is required to eliminate the tear out is to hold the plane at about 90 degrees to the grain, and push the plane at 45 degrees to the grain. Voila! No tear out, and all you need to do is use a scraper at the end to smooth it out.
-- Scott in North Carolina