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#1 posted 12-18-2018 07:45 PM

If it s skipping, you re either taking too heavy of a cut, the blade isn t sharp, or both.

Wax the sole, retract the blade all the way, and slowly turn the knob until you re just getting shavings. If you re getting dust, sharpen the blade. If you re getting a shaving on only one side of the plane, adjust the lateral lever to square the blade.

For a smoother, relieving the corners of the blade is common to avoid gouges on the sides.

A dull Lie Nielsen cuts just as crappy as a dull stamped frog Home Depot POS. Learn to sharpen & setup your plane, and touch up often.

- shampeon

+1 ….. dont need a book, just simple advice like this. Figure out how to get whispy, centered shavings, and the heavier cuts will be easy. For smoother irons some strokes with down pressure on each side of the iron while sharpening usually provides enough corner relief to prevent tracks.

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