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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 03-31-2009 01:33 AM 1132 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2009 01:33 AM

Just a random question. I’ve got over the power tool phase and have been starting to learn hand tools. Hand planing is definitely a learned skill. I was just wondering what people learn on to hand plane and what type of wood is really difficult to plane?

Any thoughts?


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#1 posted 03-31-2009 02:24 AM

Petrified.

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#2 posted 03-31-2009 02:25 AM

Seriously, most of the highly figured woods are the most difficult. Although, with a hand plane you can change the direction that you’re planing to help prevent tearout.

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#3 posted 03-31-2009 02:51 AM

I like pine to learn on. It has taught me how to take strokes, how to set the blade on the plane itself etc…
The only other wood besides pine I have hand planed recently was maple.

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#4 posted 03-31-2009 03:40 AM

Just in general the harder the wood the harder it is to plane. Sharp edges are a must on the super dense exotics, hickory, etc.

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#5 posted 03-31-2009 03:57 AM

Anything figured obviously, but I hate planing Oak and Ash…..

JC

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