What is hand plane chatter, general wood lathe reviews - PDF Review

Categories: Wood Wine Rack Plans | Author: admin 05.04.2015

The smoothing plane is one of my best friends in the shop, and I reach for it  frequently. The first task is to understand the parts of the plane and to make sure they are assembled correctly. Put the assembly on the frog (the angled bed that connects the plane body to the iron) and secure it with the lever cap. To adjust the mouth opening, advance the blade until it barely projects through the plane’s mouth. With the blade retracted fully, move the plane across a flat board, slowly advancing the blade with the depth-of-cut knob.
Power through the cut—Once the board is secured, grasp the plane by the tote (the rear handle) and the knob.
Once the plane’s sole is completely on the board, apply pressure equally to both the tote and knob.
On the return stroke, it’s OK to maintain contact with the board, but tilt the plane slightly on edge so as not to add needless wear to the cutting edge.
Continue planing end to end, working from the near edge to the far edge with consistent, overlapping passes.


A smoothing plane is not a complex tool, so it’s pretty easy to diagnose and cure the most common ills.
You can cut down on chatter by taking lighter cuts, putting more pressure on the knob, increasing the angle of skew, or re-sharpening the blade.
A sharp smoothing plane meticulously shaves the surface of a board, creating a glass-smooth sheen that highlights the wood’s figure while leaving a dead-flat surface in its wake. This article focuses on the third factor, showing how to set up and adjust a traditional bevel-down plane, and how to use it for optimal performance.
Set the tension on the lever cap just enough to hold the blade assembly in place while allowing for blade adjustments.
Skewing lowers the blade’s cutting angle, reducing resistance and helping to eliminate chatter, which is especially useful on unruly grain. At the beginning of the cut, concentrate pressure on the knob to counter the natural tendency of your hands to rock the plane as it meets the board.
For space reasons, we will assume a handplane is in good working order with a blade that is razor-sharp.
Because your stance is in a slightly forward position, it’s awkward to align your hands one in front of the other.


Many who buy a smoothing plane have so much trouble getting good results that they set the tool on a shelf, where it becomes a dusty spectator to the real action in the shop. A cut is too heavy if it causes excessive strain on the user, causes the plane to jump and chatter, or leaves unsightly plane tracks on the surface. Do this by opening the tail vise, placing the board between the dogs, and closing the vise to clamp the board. The Bailey pattern planes require the blade to be removed to access the frog screws, making the adjustments a little less convenient.
Alternatively, a planing stop, which is basically a wood strip that is secured across the width of your bench, will do the trick.




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