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Re: LV skew shooter
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Re: LV skew shooter ()

Patrick Chase
Derek asked:
> David, does the skew actually lower the cutting angle, or does it act like it
> was cutting at a lower angle?

This is a tricky question because it depends on the material being cut.

If you assume that the medium being cut is perfectly rigid in the direction of skew (i.e. no neighbor/adjacency effects) then a skewed iron does cut at a lower angle.

If the medium being cut is compressible then individual elements (wood fibers or whatever you care to think about) may not meet the edge in exactly the direction of motion, and the cutting angle is higher than the equation Wiley posted would predict.

As a practical matter end grain seems to always benefit.

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