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Derek Cohen

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#1 posted 07-03-2019 11:29 PM

Jon, I warn everyone NOT to buy the 50 degree blades. The reason is that these cannot be cambered, and every blade (especially smoothers) need to be cambered. The camber in a smoother is just enough to prevent track lines. A blade with a 50 degree bevel is very thick, and there is too much steel to remove to camber it … and the camber for BU blade needs to be about double that of a BD blade. I recommend only getting 25 degree bevels and adding the 50 degree angle as a secondary bevel, and the camber at the same time. This is done with a honing guide. The bevel is then thin and easy to camber. If you have an existing 50 degree blade, I would grind it to 25 degrees, and start again

Article: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/WoodworkTechniques/TheSecretToCamberinBUPlaneBlades.html

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com


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