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Forum topic by pontic posted 02-22-2020 12:54 PM 256 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2020 12:54 PM

Maybe I’m doing something wrong or the blade is not sharp enough. When I take it to an edge of an oak board, it chatters bad. Is this blade sharpening problems? I have the blade with the bevel side down like the instructions say. Does this this need a back bevel?
Any one use these.

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Don W

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#1 posted 02-22-2020 02:19 PM

Chatter is typically taking to thick of a cut or not sharp enough. And the thicker the cut, the sharper it needs to be.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 02-22-2020 03:22 PM

Thanks. I,ll go back to the sharpener.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#3 posted 02-22-2020 03:41 PM

You’re going with the grain? Cutting against the grain in Oak can be a rough ride.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 02-22-2020 03:56 PM

You can test sharpness by shaving a bit of hair off your arm. Other than that make sure there’s only a sliver of blade extending past the sole.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 02-22-2020 07:19 PM

Assuming you got the iron razor sharp at the right bevel angle , the other thing I would do is take the iron off and look at where it seats. Take a fine flat file and file a few strokes and see if you notice any high spots. I have found that to be where chatter in spokeshaves happens when I have had that happen.

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#6 posted 02-22-2020 08:26 PM

Try this: adjust the blade so that it does not cut at all at one edge, and cuts at the other. Now you can try different blade extensions on the fly by shifting the shave to one side or the other.

It can also be practical to set the shave this way, depending on what you are working on, to allow rank shaping cuts and fine finishing ones without reset.

This will help you figure out how to best use the shave as it is. To make it better, do as described above and improve sharpness and bedding.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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#7 posted 02-23-2020 03:52 AM

Thanks for all the help. All of the above advise was useful. The blade was not quite sharp enough and no secondary bevel. I went thru all the adjustments recommended and it now performs well. Oak is still tricky but on chatter. Once again Thanks.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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