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Posted on Camber smoothing plane iron?

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#1 posted 07-04-2018 12:14 AM

If you think about it, you’re trying to get shaving that is a couple of thousands thick from your smoother. If your camber is a lot more than that, you’re just reducing the width of the shaving you’ll get, at the thickness you want, meaning you’ll have to lake more passes.

If you get a full width shaving and leave tracks, you need more camber. If you’re getting a shaving as thick as you want, but it’s way less then the full blade width, you have too much camber.

I grind my blade square, and only camber on a fine stone using finger pressure on each corner for a couple of passes. I found using pressure on the corners on a lower grit stone it’s easy to over camber, and loose effective width on your blade. I do use the cambered roller with my MKII, as the flat roller is so wide it makes it hard to get any camber.

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