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Re: planing failure
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Re: planing failure ()

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
My drawer sides were quartered. I could hear the difference when planing them when they were near perfect quartered. The planed surface was some rougher when the grain was near perfect quartered. But I did not have any torn grain beyond the roughening, which of course was torn grain but on a tiny scale.

The misbehaving walnut, or my misbehaving of planing it, is as flat as it can be. The tears were 1/4" long +/- and not much below the surface, angling into the board of course. They did not dive into the depths because the grain that was separating was not steep in these areas. I would describe the torn grain flaking as opposed to deep divots like I once got with the cap iron set back. A few concentrated passes of the pane in the reverse direction in the torn area removed them entirely.

My question is whether even an experienced planer might encounter some wood that just won't plane smoothly or must this problem be a result of not optimum plane set up?

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