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#1 posted 06-12-2016 04:42 PM

Glad it’s working out better for you.

I’ll repeat what others said, sharp has a wide range and the more you continue to learn to sharpen better, the better your planing will go.

If your maple has consistent grain you can plane almost up to 90 degrees from the true grain direction. Planing against the grain doesn’t work well, but man when you go with the grain you can get some glass smooth surfaces on maple.

There are a variety of methods for smaller pieces from a simple planing stop to a sticking board. You can make a quick planing stop just by clamping a thinner piece of wood to your bench. I like planing stops on two sides to make it even easier. A sticking board can hold very small and narrow pieces, google that if that’s your situation.

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