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Handplane Tune-up

Step-by-step instructions to get maximum performance from any plane

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Frustrated because the new handplane you bought doesnt give you the fine shavings you expected? David Charlesworth shares a trade secreta new handplane should be treated more as a collection of parts than a finished piece. Refining the fit of the frog, sole, throat, lever cap, and chipbreaker, and replacing the blade will soon have that $80 plane working like a $300 model. Charlesworth takes you through the steps you need to take to get your handplane cutting cleanly and without chatter.

Also, learn to flatten the back and sharpen the tip of your handplane replacement blade using artificial Japanese waterstones. In this sidebar, Charlesworth gives instructions for getting a flat back and a sharp bevel before you put that blade to use.

From Fine Woodworking #172

From Fine Woodworking #172, pp. 36

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