Thread: Shooting advice
13th Jan 2019, 07:18 PM #1
Just wanting to know if you are meant to slightly pull a shooting plane away from the timber on the return stroke.
I had a sharpening session yesterday and was using my freshly sharpened No.5 low angle plane today to clean up the end of some pieces of Blackwood. After shooting the first piece I found that the plane was skipping across the endgrain of the next piece. When I checked the blade I found that the back of the blade seemed to be bubbed over slightly loosing its razor edge. I removed the blade and put it on the strop to redo the edge. After this it cut again okay so I decided to lift it slightly away from the timber on the pull strike. Doing this the blade stayed sharp and I was able to do the rest of the pieces.
The plane is a Luban and I thought that the steel in the blade may not be as hard as it needs to be for this job or could it be something in the Blackwood abrading the edge?
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13th Jan 2019, 07:43 PM #2
Years & years ago when I was taught woodworking, we were told to lift the plane off the work after each stoke to reduce wear on the blade. Along with the other plane commandment (putting the plane on its side when you put it down), I decided to put theory to test & quit doing both. That was a very long time ago, I've honoured both rules in the breach rather than the observance ever since, & I have to say my blades seem to last just as long as anyone else's between sharpenings.
On the return stroke, particularly when you are shooting with the plane on its side, there is very little pressure on the back of the blade, so I reckon any wear from the back-stroke is liable to be minimal. There are a couple of potential explanations for your experience, but if you get the results you want by lifting the plane away on the return, and it doesn't wreck your rhythm, that's the way to go. It certainly won't do any harm....
14th Jan 2019, 01:10 PM #3
I did try 2 different approaches. Pulling the plane away seemed like hard work after a while so I kept the plane in a straight line and just released the pressure of the wood against the sole of the plane and that seemed to work okay as well.
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