Sometimes, even the most meticulously tuned handplane can't handle wood with challenging grain, and your are left with torn-out surfaces. That's when you should try adding a back bevel to the blade. Chris Gochnour swears by it. The higher cutting angle of a back-beveled blade can solve most tearout problems. Learn how to sharpen your blade this way, and how to build a simple jig that makes sharpening easier.

From Fine Woodworking #218