I always seem to crown with my jointer

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Forum topic by rfusca posted 07-07-2013 03:26 AM 1871 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2013 03:26 AM

Whenever I’m edge jointing with my #6 or #7 hand plane, I always seem end up with a really slight crown. I’m trying to even ease up on the pressure on the ends…what am I doing wrong? I haven’t been doing it that long….is this common..or?

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 03:52 AM

if you watch this video you’ll probably get an idea why you are having that crown .it is likely your outfeed table is not at the right height:

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 04:02 AM

Assuming you are talking Stanley #6 or #7 hand plane then it is very common. Here’s a video I found useful…

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 04:03 AM

My bad,I didn’t catch,6 and 7 .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 07-07-2013 04:04 AM

Lots of pressure down at the front knob to start the cut, then let up as you get to the far end.

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#5 posted 07-07-2013 04:25 AM

That is a very common problem. Plane a hollow into the stock with stop shavings. Start about an inch in from the end and finish about an inch from the far end. Take several stop shavings depending on how much of a hump you have. Once you have a hollow, one or two full length shavings will give you a flat edge.

A slightly hollow edge is much better than a hump!


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#6 posted 07-07-2013 04:39 AM

Very often handplane soles are just not straight, if that is the case then one has to compensate like mentioned above.
If the planes sole is straight, it will most often cut a straight edge..
I found the front portion of the sole is very important. The front from the blade slot forward is often curved upward, or the area around the blade slot protrudes. When its like that, it will slope down the boards edge at the beginning and end. This becoming worse every stroke.

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#7 posted 07-07-2013 04:52 AM

Another video reference from the visual learner; this shows what Jonathan was describing… pay attention to about minute 8

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#8 posted 07-07-2013 04:52 AM

The sole is definitely flat – so that’s not it. I’ll see if the chris schwarz ‘ice cream scoop’ helps – but it seems to be really close to what I was already doing.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#9 posted 07-07-2013 05:20 AM

Lie Neilson planes are said to be .0005” flat. They do work very well.
A plane set on a flat surface, tested with a thin strip of rice paper-.001” thick
If the paper can be pulled out at any point along the length of the plane-it is warped twice the tolerance of a LN plane, at least.
I do not own LN planes, but have tried them. I have not found an old plane that would pass that test, or work as well until corrected.

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#10 posted 07-07-2013 12:49 PM

Along with episode 28 that Texchappy posted, watch the last third of episode 27.

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#11 posted 07-07-2013 01:33 PM

+1 to what AKwoodwkr said. David Charlsworth has great videos on this technique if you ever get a chance to see one of his videos.

Take shavings from the middle of the board until the plane stops cutting then a couple of full length shavings. Charlsworth teaches to shoot for a concave surface along both the width and the length. It gives you the best registration for your square for laying out joinery and what not. This has idea has helped out my edge jointing a lot.

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#12 posted 07-07-2013 03:15 PM

Ditto on AKwood and Mauricio you’ll get a better glue joint with a sprung edge.

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#13 posted 07-07-2013 04:42 PM

It’s technique, more than likely, as results are possible with a plane at less than .001 of flat..

I suggest a bit more time with the jack plane before jointing, as it should be an essentially straight piece that’s hit with a few swipes of the Jointer just to clean up the edge.

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#14 posted 07-07-2013 04:46 PM

How long is the board in question?
From a mechanical perspective, many hand planes are too short to really flatten a long board. A huge hand plane might be 12-18” long. Compare that to a 76” power jointer.
Imagine using a 12” long power jointer, and expecting a flat and straight edge.
I think there are techniques that can improve hand planing, however the physics of it will always be limited compared to a power jointer.

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#15 posted 07-07-2013 06:12 PM

Often a #5 will do a much better job then a #8.
A #5 likely has much less twist and dips in the sole then a much longer #8.
The longer the plane the more its bound to be untrue. Each swipe induces the planes as is condition error to the board.
A very hard problem to deal with even for a well equipped machine shop. The planes are thin castings, and hard to fixure or clamp into milling machines, or surface grinding machines, without distortion from just that step.
Sanding the planes sole is a very poor method-often called lapping in woodworking circles.

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