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#1 posted 06-12-2016 10:33 PM

Instead of cambering the blade, I just ease the edges with a light setting. For me, its easier to sharpen this way.

As for grain orientation, once you remember to read the grain every time, you will occasionally still get tear out. Figured wood, certain species of wood, areas around knots can be challenging. And then there are just some boards that mysteriously have recalcitrant, rebellious, or other wise uncooperative grain. I find this particularly true of 1/4 sawn white oak.

Blade sharpness, mouth opening, and cap iron setback can be crucial to good results. I recommend you play around this these things to see what works best for you.

And little tricks such as skewing the plane (raising the effective bedding angle) will come into play.

Last but not least, if this is a new model plane, clearly it is not a premium plane. If you are constantly having to fiddle to get the plane working right because it doesn’t hold settings, you might consider upgrading. IMO the WoodRiver line is worth checking out.

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