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Clarifying a point

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I will repeat Wiley's post that posed a question that did not get answered.

Now am looking for a sort of bottom line comparison, with respect to planing ordinary cherry wood:

1. sharpen your current favorite (non-chipping 26c3, 52100 or whatever) plane blade to your normal working level.

2. Sharpen XHP or V11 also to your normal working level.

3. Use each in turn to smooth plane a stick of cherry.

4. Put the two sticks of cherry side by side: What surface difference do you see in the raw planed cherry?

5. Apply BLO and a bit of shellac to each stick—what surface difference do you see between the two sticks of cherry? OK, not a bit of shellac but an amount that most would regard as finishing the piece.

The question I posed had nothing to do with planing vs sanding in general. It was the same question Wiley posed. Are these appearance differences described by David of any practical importance to someone building something?

The answer to this question hinges on whether these differences can be preserved during the construction of what it is someone constructs, including the application of finish. Would anyone be able to notice a difference in the finished product?

Obviously, the answer could depend on what one is making, or whether the goal is even to make a piece of furniture, or whatever. What I can say is that the longer edge life of PMV11 is relevant to what I do and the appearance issues David is concerned with are not. (However, these investigations are of considerable intellectual interest )

Other's conclusions will differ. But to any looker-on that is learning to build a place to store their socks...... You will have a hell of a lot of things to master more important than the things David is concerned with. Don't get distracted or discouraged by details that may not turn out to be important to you. I could expand this wisdom to a lot of the advice and instruction offered about woodworking.

Messages In This Thread

26c3 in a plane iron... *PIC*
So, what's the point if it doesn't... *PIC*
also- cost....it's cheap
Plane blade metrics
V11/XHP is sort of the woodworker's alloy
toughness not necessary?
see the end of my statement..
How visible?
Re: How visible?
nasty steel and very fine abrasive...
Warren and David
initially, no significant difference....
interrupted cuts...
Re: interrupted cuts...
Re: interrupted cuts...
large nicking...
Re: large nicking...
There's good merit to carbon steels...
Re: There's good merit to carbon steels...
Re: nicking?
A different woodworking universe
slipped the lane...
Re: A different woodworking universe
Clarifying a point
I answered wiley's question...
Re: Clarifying a point
Why blade life is most important to me.
I'd have trouble.....
Re: Clarifying a point
Re: Clarifying a point
comment from left field - how it ages...
Durable finish *PIC*
My experience has been the same...
Shellac works well for furniture too *PIC*
Water stains..
Re: Water stains..
question on lightfast...
Re: question on lightfast...
from Jeff Jewitt Q & A on ‘lightfastness’
Re: from Jeff Jewitt Q & A on ‘lightfastness’
discussion dye fading coming soon *NM*
You stated an obvious fact. The point? *NM*
Stay Tuned
I get where you're going, by the way..
where toughness is important.
where toughness is important- always
tempering question..
the answer that I'd take less toughness... *PIC*
Different chipping *PIC*
Re: Different chipping
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