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Re: Float Question
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Float Question ()

david weaver
I sharpen mine at zero, but aim for a little bias toward negative. I haven't found a difference for tropicals vs. beech (as in, the same rake angle seems to work fine for all - frequent sharpening is the key to the float feeling "right"). You have a lot of options with touch and how many teeth you choose to engage.

Aside from that, I've noticed that for cross grain work in a lot of things (indian rosewood, cocobolo, ebony), the harder woods tend to be willing to yield to the straw-stripping action of a float and there isn't as much of a difference as there would be in something like planing the hardest face of a given billet.

End grain work on the beds goes better with a scraper, though.

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