|Forum topic by Rob||posted 08-21-2014 01:52 PM||2197 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
08-21-2014 01:52 PM
I was flattening a long 2×2 last weekend with my hand planes. At first I was using my #7 and everything was going great, then suddenly on every pass a small chunk of the shaving (just a few fibers—maybe 1/32” or 1/16” wide by 1/4” long) started getting stuck about a quarter inch from one side, blocking the iron from engaging the wood on the next stroke. Even after removing the shaving, the plane also acted like the blade was dull. I switched to the #4-1/2 and it worked fine for a few strokes before the same thing started happening (I don’t remember if it was happening on the same side). I started taking it apart to sharpen the blade, but found a shaving that had jammed itself between the chipbreaker and iron. After removing the shaving, the plane worked great again, as though I had just sharpened it. I checked the #7 and found the same issue—a shaving that had jammed itself up in between the chipbreaker and iron. After removing the shaving, the #7 also sliced nice whispy shavings and even heavier shavings like I had just sharpened it.
I thought maybe there was a gap that was letting the shavings slip through between the chipbreaker and iron, but to the naked eye it looks like they’re mating nice and tight, and I’m tightening the chipbreaker screw tight, as well.
Does this happen to anyone else? Any suggestions?
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