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Re: Setting the cap iron
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Setting the cap iron ()

david weaver
I used the term back stop in the article posted on here. As far as your asking the question, I don't know if it's related to the 80 degree cap iron angle where the shaving was further from the edge. It's been too long since I watched the video.

There is some influence on a shaving before there is so much that it straightens. Or to be clearer, there is some reduction of tearout without having to straighten a chip.

I usually (99% of the time or more) set the cap iron so that it will straighten out a significant shaving, but not do much to a thinner one. I only set it closer in the rare instance that a shaving between those can generate some tearout. A "back stop" setting that keeps you from doing what you can encounter with an errant stroke of a single iron plane - huge tearout pried off the surface of the wood.

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