The cradle is curly maple with a marine plywood bottom. Hand cut dove tails. Inside dimensions made to fit the standard 18x36 cradle pad commonly available. The animal scene was…
I put a Byrd Shelix (from Holbren) helical cutterhead in my Dewalt 735 planer and the planing quality fell dramatically compared to the regular blades. I'm very surprised at the glowing comments from others who did the same and got an improvement. I rotated or replaced cutters many times in an attempt to improve the finish with no luck. The cutterhead does the job but leaves a scalloped surface with thin lines of unplaned wood even though there are no chips in the cutters and even after a complete set of fresh cutters. I've given up on it and just expect to have to scrape every inch of wood I plane to get it to a decent finish. Maybe I got a lemon. Too lazy to put the original cutterhead back in - I guess I just keep hoping it will get better on its own. Anyone have any similar experience? Any suggestions on how to remedy this will be appreciated.
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