A cross-grained fellow...

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Blog entry by ackychris posted 04-08-2010 10:15 PM 1142 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Holy crap, planing is hard work. Thank goodness for my trusty old Union #5, and this guy:

I’m working on a hunk o’ flatsawn maple—nothing curly, just good ol’-fashioned cathedral grain—and it was giving me tear-out nightmares, thanks to a couple changes in grain direction. I was at a complete loss, and about to scrap my project until later, but I did a couple internet searches and found that site. I’m now a huge fan of cross-grain planing. That maple is getting leveled out, I’ve had zero tear-out since I started planing perpendicular to the grain, and the shavings I’m getting are cool-looking and jagged along the sides. Smoothing along the grain might pose some problems still, but I’m gonna see if I can get it done with a card-scraper. Now if only I can master the ancient art of jointing on a router table, I’ll be set. That in itself could pose some problems, I suppose, but if worst comes to worst, I’ve done a little pretty decent jointing with the ol’ #5. My far-too-complicated-for-my-current-skills project is coming along, slowly but not completely unsurely. Is that even a word? Eh, probably not. Okay, I think I can move my arms enough now to plane a little more, so I’ma go show that maple who’s boss.

By the way, I’d appreciate it if someone would mail me a decent bench, low enough for handplaning. I’ll even chip in five bucks for shipping it. Purty please?

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 10:53 PM

Another great surprise! Just planing out most of the milling marks has made the thing pretty damn flat. I won’t have to do much work diagonal to the grain, so I’m just two 36” clamps (payday’s tomorrow!), some scraping, and a couple tablesaw cuts away from having a small tabletop.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#2 posted 04-09-2010 04:53 AM

Holy crap, sweet! I’m gonna try that as soon I’ve gotten outside of some pizza.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#3 posted 05-06-2010 05:45 AM

...and keep your blade sharp, a dull blade will make you work far harder than you have to.

Congratulations on finding out about cross grain planing, a really effective technique.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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