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Re: Cap iron setback and shaving thickness

david weaver
I don't know what your client group is like. My bench top is a bit bigger than you described, but not much. I don't love tearout because I do metal and woodwork on the same bench (and I know that's a mortal sin). I don't want to have to do more than card scrape the top quickly to remove any metal contamination. My bench top is ash. It was easier to plane wihthout tearout than it probably would've been with. I didn't pay any attention to grain direction when laminating it, and I'd expect not to. Ash is contrary enough that even with the cap set, it wasn't that pleasant to plane. I can't imagine planing it, even to prep for sanding, if one was to allow tearout. That wouldn't have been as much of a problem if I had made it out of soft maple or something less contrary. The entire bench build took about 30 or 35 hours. I didn't spend much time planing it, and it is not a work of art, but it is materially free of tearout.

We have an ash death problem here (the ash borer) so I bought the cheapest I could find, which was delivered and not picked. I guess I could be chastised for working junk material, but it seemed ideal for a bench.

But regarding the table top you describe. I'd probably plane it - not in your circumstances (where there's 25 more jobs behind it and you need to get out of bed the next day and go at it again), but in mine.

I have no idea how many people would pay for a hand planed surface, but I think Brian has found some. I'll bet it's below 2%, as you say. I agree with you, and it reminds me of a body man I heard talk about filling rust damage in cars for a used car dealership. You do the work you're paid to do. If you start trying to do an A level job on a C level price, you'll go out of business quickly.

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