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Forum topic by 12strings posted 08-28-2014 11:30 AM 867 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12strings

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08-28-2014 11:30 AM

I just purchased an old Dado plane, and was wondering if anyone had any tips for setting it up for effective use, Specifically:

1. How much should the blade protrude on either side of the wood?

2. How wide should the forked nickers be ground to in relation to the blade width? Exactly the same, or slightly wider?

3. Any other likely culprits of poor performance?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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Don W

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 12:39 PM

1. there are numbers quoted, but I’d suggest just a smidge. Just enough so you know its beyond the side, but not enough so you keep deepening the sidewall.

2. Exactly the same

3. same as most planes. Flat bottom, squared sides etc.

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 06:45 PM

For #3 look up plane tuning in places like Don’s blog to find the etc’s he is referring to. Sharpness is a big one.

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12strings

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 06:56 PM

Thanks, I may get some time to start working on it soon. I have rehabbed several metal and wooden bench planes, and made one as well…but the dado plane with its nickers is a new animal for me.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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