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bryanstryin

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470 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: wood maple curly maple tear out planner jointer finishing

Hello, my name is Bryan . I wanted to no what can I do about tear out on this curly maple . If I run on the jointer, or run it through the planner I get TEAR out. any tips. I thank you for any help. And one other thing can you sand the tiger strips out .that may sound funny but if you don’t no. I see others work, with figured maple and its so great. I would love to get mine to look that way , with out all the tear outs. thanks again.


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nwbusa

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#1 posted 470 days ago

If your tools don’t have a helical (spiral) cutter head then tear out can be a problem. Very light passes might help somewhat, otherwise you’re in for a lot of sanding. I’ve also had some success using a high angle blade in my hand planes. Good luck.

-- John, BC, Canada

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 470 days ago

Either the wood is too green or the blades are dull would be my guess.

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#3 posted 470 days ago

I suppose its just the equivalent of fancy sanding, but on my curly maple, I find that hand planes are the only way to get a nice smooth finish with no tearout.

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#4 posted 470 days ago

I sometimes give the wood a rubdown with wood glue a day or two before planing thinning the glue a little hekps ( most of the popular ones are water base so you can use water for thinner). Working the glue into the cracks and pours then letting it cure well seems to help bond the fibers.This treatment is only good for one or two lite passes then you need to retreat it or go to sandpaper. The glue can also be problem if you plan to use stain on your project. Sometimes reversing the direction you are feeding the wood from helps, sharp blades and lite passes are a must.

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#5 posted 470 days ago

Do you have any issues w/ finishing after coating a piece in glue?

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#6 posted 470 days ago

No tearout, but a bit of a sore shoulder…

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sprucegum

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#7 posted 470 days ago

As I said in my post the glue can be a problem if you plan to use stain. Glue left in the cracks and pours will act as a sealer. If the project is well sanded after it is planed a natural finish is not a problem. I wish my beat up old joints would allow me to use more hand tools without pain, I have 3 sharp hand planes in the shop and several others kicking around that are not so sharp, I rarely use them.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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bryanstryin

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#8 posted 470 days ago

thanks so much to all of you for your help. Great tips. going to give them a try

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Robert Tutsky

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#9 posted 469 days ago

Bryan, I have had some luck by wetting the surface of the wood with water. It will help soften the wood fibers a bit before sending it through the planer or jointer. Very light passes helps also.

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darthford

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#10 posted 469 days ago

Byrd Shelix cutter head tear out gone!

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#11 posted 469 days ago

I agree with using a spiral head planner and or dampening the wood before planing.

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Marcus

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#12 posted 469 days ago

Never tried dampening the wood, I’ll have to give that a shot. Great tip.

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#13 posted 469 days ago

I second, or third, wetting the surface and light passes. Sharp blades are also key.

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