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Using a Scraping Plane

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Using a scraping plane

Using a scraping plane

Scraping planes work slowly by taking thin curls, so start with a surface flattened with a power planer or hand plane. As when using a smoothing plane, grip the scraping plane firmly by the front knob and rear handle, as shown at right.

Working in the direction of the grain, hold the plane with the blade off the work surface and the toe firmly pressed against it. Push firmly against the rear handle hard enough to begin cutting and build momentum to complete the stroke. For hard or difficult woods, such as quilted maple, start the cut while holding the plane at roughtly a 25° angle to the grain for a shearing motion.

Equalize your hand pressure on the toe and heel by midcut. At the opposite end of the workpiece, shift pressure to the heel as the blade nears the edge. That reduces the chance of rounding over the work surface.

Plan the next stroke to slightly overlap the previous one. Test your work periodically by wiping the surface with mineral spirits to reveal any plane marks. If you notice any, reduce the depth of cut, round over the blade edges, or use the blade bow thumbscrew to eliminate the problem.

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Comments (5)
chuck8301 wrote:

they have the tool rack listed as a pdff file. There is no such animal.

9/6/2013 11:20:28 AM Report Abuse
blackdaan1 wrote:

I just found the printer icon at the top of this and the other pages which works but you still can't save it.

9/5/2013 05:03:07 PM Report Abuse
blackdaan1 wrote:

I agree. Its silly and maybe a little insulting not to be able to print or save the article in one action such as a pdf.

9/5/2013 04:59:21 PM Report Abuse
Gmcromp wrote:

Lujin, it is that way by desing. You have to buy the plan or print each screen. One of the major complaints with this site.

11/15/2012 01:21:54 PM Report Abuse
lujin wrote:

Only page 1 will print. Jim

3/18/2010 01:10:25 PM Report Abuse

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