Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Re: To be clear....
Response To:
To be clear.... ()

TomD
It's mostly inevitable with the Japanese design, as there is no fixed position. I have set the the cap iron ahead of the blade on the odd occasion when getting the feel of a new plane. It isn't a proud moment... As I have said here on several occasions there is a point where the shaving goes straight up which is indicative of a correct set. When planing like that the shavings may ultimately lie down over the board in the wake of the plane like a blanket. There are pictures of this activity going way back. You can be sure they knew the effect on edge retention since there are hundreds more experiments on that front with hand planes than with machines designed to do more prosaic tasks.

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