Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Details and an editorial

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I tried honing a small microbevel on the bevel side and then buffing the flat face of the iron.

You explore so many variables the reader becomes lost as to where you are now at. What is the primary bevel angle? What is the secondary bevel angle? What is the reason for two bevels? Most of us have gotten by with one, so two must have a compelling justification.

Details of buffing the flat face? Same amount and attack angle as a chisel?

It feels like a 55 degree plane. Does it work like one? Will it make getting an optimum effect from the cap iron easier to achieve (greater tolerance for cap iron to edge distance?

Most importantly: For a member of PPA, is there any benefit to the procedure you explored? Any disadvantage other than "feel"?

Editorial: It seems that most who hang out here plane to support a woodworking life style and/or to achieve a surface appearance. Fortunately, a few of the things you all do and discover apply to the members of Pedestrian Planers Anonymous (PPA).

Our pedestrian goals for planing are to make wood go away in controlled increments while avoiding the dreaded tear-out. Making wood go away in controlled increments without tear-out is a critical step to finely crafted furniture. The resulting finish off the plane isn't. If you want to make a significant impact on people building furniture discover and teach pedestrian planing skills. Participation in PPA would be greatly enhanced by any discovery that aids our pedestrian planing objectives.

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