Block Plane newbie - taking more material off on the end of my stroke then the beginning?

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Forum topic by exterminate posted 11-09-2012 05:39 PM 947 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2012 05:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane woodriver woodcraft block plane setup technique question

I’m new to using hand tools, and I just got my first block plane last month. Its a Wood river from woodcraft. I’ve been having difficulty setting it up, but finally got to where it appeared I was getting even shavings across the width of the blade, and they seemed to be translucent. I setup a scrap piece of 4/4 maple in a vise, and just practiced with it, but after about five minutes, its noticeable that the scrap was no longer square. It seems I am taking more material off on the end of my stroke then the beginning. Is this a technique issue, or a setup issue? I haven’t lapped the sole or honed the blade yet, so maybe thats my problem? I’m clueless, so any help is appreciated.


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#1 posted 11-09-2012 05:53 PM

It happens to the best of us. You need to learn how to hold your plane. In this case a block plane. Wrap your right hand behind the plane. The other hand on the side. Use your left fingers to feel the surface of the board. From the start push down with your left hand while at the end of the board press down with your right hand(that wraps the block plane). Just adjust the downward force while you plane. This applies to all hand planes.

Lapping the sole is to ensure that the sole is flat. Sounds like your sole are already flat. Since you can take full shavings from end to end. Honing the blade….. Can it cut paper effortlessly? Anyway since your have a nice block plane do wax it after each use. This is to STOP rust while oiling your plane with light machine on it’s threads. If the plane has a lot of friction do wax the sole of the plane first. Try a wax stick.

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#2 posted 11-09-2012 05:54 PM

Yeah lapping the sole and honing the blade should be one of your first steps. Those WoodRiver planes have a good rep, so it shouldn’t take too much work. Once you have the plane setup and ready, try to take some shavings again. Put pressure on the front of the plane at the beginning of your stroke and the end at the end. Try closing up the throat as well.


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