What is a "short" wide Krenov-style hand plane good for?

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Forum topic by Axle505 posted 12-13-2016 04:58 PM 1168 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2016 04:58 PM

Reason I ask is I want to make a new one. I have a 2 1/4” A. Hildick iron and chip breaker I found at a swap meet for $2—as nice as a Hock.

I like to make planes I don’t already own. So, is there a need for such a plane—and it’s angle? Plane length?

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#1 posted 12-13-2016 06:39 PM

Unless you set the bedding angle at 12 or 25 degrees and call it a block plane, I don’t know that I’d have much use for a short wide plane. Your results may vary.

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#2 posted 12-13-2016 07:58 PM

I have a little plane about 8” long with
a thick iron bedded at 60 degrees. I don’t
use it often but for squirelly grain it
can be useful.

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#3 posted 12-14-2016 04:48 PM

I have a wood body plane 8” long with a 2” blade set at 60 deg. I work with a lot of curly, reversing grain that any std 45 deg bench plane will create tear out with, and the woodie does a great job smoothing it w/o tear out. Dont know what you consider short, but I wouldnt want it any shorter than 8”.

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#4 posted 12-14-2016 04:54 PM

Agree with Loren and OSU about a high angle smoother, though I’d probably keep the angle between 50 & 55 degrees. Simple reason is that once you hit 60 or more, in my experience you are starting to blur the line between planing and scraping and the chip breaker isn’t really doing much and the double iron doesn’t have the advantage over a single.

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#5 posted 12-14-2016 08:44 PM

So, 55 degrees at 8” is do-able. Thank you.

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#6 posted 12-15-2016 01:03 AM

Missed the chip breaker part. Agree 60 is too much with a cb. 55 is a good choice. Try whatever wood with the cb backed off 1/8” for no effect, then move it up if you get tear out. Be a nice set up.

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