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#1 posted 06-12-2016 03:53 PM

Ok guys thanks for all the suggestions, I did some more setup and the results are much better. It’s starting to “feel” right too, which is really encouraging.The center of the piece (maple) is nearly as perfect as I can imagine without someone who knows better to point out the flaws.

So among the big benefits; I did sharpen and tried to do the camber thing, and made sure to align so center leading the cut. Using the paste wax seemed to be a huge benefit. I think where I’m most encouraged is at this point, the operation feels right. My arms were getting really tired yesterday.

Also, paying attention to the grain direction! I didn’t even think of that but I kick myself every time I use my planer and get tear-out for not paying attention, so don’t know what my problem is. I do have a follow-up question on grain direction. So this piece is about 14×14, bookmatched maple, resawn about .15” thick. I’m guessing the grain goes in the direction the figure is pointing along the length, cant tell from the side, but then across the base and top, I can definitely see most of the grain goes in one direction, from the side view. Does that mean I can plane in 2 directions out of the 4 possibilities?

Also, how do you handle edges? I’m getting “backed into a corner”.

finally, how do you deal with a smaller piece? This morning I clamped thin strips along 2 edges and that helped a lot, but on all the youtube vidoes it looks like this guys just set it down and start planing it with nothing holding it. I guess if your plane works that good…

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