Using a Scraping Plane
Shavings tell how you're scraping by
Examine the wood and your plane shavings to diagnose problems. If the blade cuts too deeply, as shown top right, loosen the lever cap knob and reduce the blade depth.
If a freshly sharpened blade still leaves just tiny curls and sawdust, as shown right center, adjust the pitch of the frog until the burr bites into the wood surface.
If a worn blade goes from making curls to making sawdust, resharpen the blade and restore the burr. Aim for long, wide, and thin shavings, like the one shown bottom right.
Scraping planes. No. 85 Cabinet Makers Scraper. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, 800/327-2520 or lie-nielsen.com. Kunz No. 112 Scraping Plane (no. 16X61). Woodcraft, 800/225-1153 or woodcraft.com. Veritas Scraping Plane (05P29.01). Lee Valley Tools, 800/871-8158 or leevalley.com
Triangular burnisher. Two Cherries triangular burnisher (520-5085). Di Legno Workshop Supply, 877/208-4298 or dlws.com
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