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steve voigt
Bill, you wrote:

I find it curious....that all the responses from experienced planers have been that the need to sharpen has been revealed by some tactile signal, if I understood correctly. So far nobody has said that they look at the edge and if it looks too worn they sharpen.

At the risk of sound like some new age guru, I think that you are not paying attention to the sensory information that is at your fingertips. Or perhaps you are not at present attuned to that information. Possibly you are so focused on the end result--getting the project done--that you are blocking out the wealth of signals bombarding you.

The reason none of your responders look at the iron is that it's unnecessary, time-wasting, and reveals less information. The feedback you get through your hands, listening to the sound of the cut, and looking at the surface, all give far more relevant information. Try tuning in to this information. For example, as the iron begins to dull, you should be able to see and feel that the shavings are getting just a bit thinner, even though you have not touched the iron. You will notice that, unconsciously, you have begun to apply more downforce to the plane in order to stay in the cut. You will notice the sound change, that it becomes duller, has less "zip" to it. Hopefully you will notice this before you hear the tell-tale ripping sound that indicates tearout.

Possibly one issue is that, according to your own description, you plane 30 seconds here, a minute there. That probably isn't sufficient to develop the necessary sensitivity to the planing process. To borrow an analogy from Warren, if you practiced a violin piece 30 seconds at a time, you would never get good at it. But if you regularly practiced playing scales, you'd get better faster.

In my analogy, playing scales is like dimensioning by hand. If you spend some time flattening and thicknessing boards, you'll become far more attuned to the sensory feedback that's right in front of you. Once you have it, you're not likely to lose it.

My suggestion is that for some small project--perhaps making a box with the son in law--you try dimensioning all the pieces by hand. Don't set a time limit, and pay more attention to the process than the result. Yes, that means this particular project will take much longer. But I bet it would pay that time back eventually.

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