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Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
The point of my posts to Derek was to point out that he has been hand planing lumber tear out free with several different planes, some of them bedded at high angles and some not, and all of this well before the 'rediscovery' of the cap iron. Can't un-ring a bell and not sure why one would want to in this instance. Nothing to be ashamed of, in fact quite the opposite.

Final smoothing represents less than 5 percent of the time required to build a project with hand tools. It's over practically before you get started. This is true even if scrapers and sandpaper have to be brought to bear. As such all the talk of 'efficiency' and the other stuff is at best rhetorical, if not outright whimsical daydreaming.

Hi Charlie

It appears you have been asking me whether I still use a high angled plane, and why I now prefer the chipbreaker if both do the same job of tear out free planing?

Actually, I use both. Of the two I prefer the chipbreaker because it is better at avoiding tear out. The chipbreaker can plane into the grain, which the high angle plane cannot do as well. For example, when planing a book-matched panel.

Further, with some woods - mainly softer timbers - a lower cutting angle leaves a clearer finish. I cannot say that I notice much difference with West Australian hard woods: the chipbreaker and the high angle leave a very similar shine.

Over the years I turned to BU planes to achieve a high cutting angle. I find them easier to push that a high angle BD plane. This is most evident with Bailey-style planes. The downside of high angle BU planes for me has always been that the secondary bevel required a honing guide for accuracy. I get too impatient for this, and much prefer freehanding on a hollow grind. Another reason why the re-emergence of the chipbreaker has been welcomed.

With regard the "efficiency" and hand planes issue, that is David's focus. Much of the time I am happy to rough out with machines for efficiency. I prefer hand tools for joinery, shaping, and finishing - that is where I see the artistry element coming in. Roughing out is just a basic step. It was left to the apprentices in days of olde. There is some fun in working the whole way through with hand tools, and I am about to do this with a bunch of Windsor chairs, but when it comes to most furniture, my efficiency involves walking over to the machines at the other end of the shop to turn rough sawn lumber into sized boards. :)

Regards from Perth

Derek

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