Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rip first, Plane later

Just a short post tonight but I had a bit of an epiphany that I wanted to share. I was cleaning up some rough maple to use for some bench hooks for my bench. I had 2 pieces about 20 inches long and one was almost 6 wide while the other was around 8. I threw the 6 in one on the bench and planed the cupped side flat with the jack... pretty easy. Then I moved on to the 8 and started planing. Well the 8 was much more cupped and had a pretty rough knot near the edge. Then I remembered some of the reading I had done in "The Joiner and the Cabinet Maker". I put the 6 inch board on the 8, struck a line, and pulled out the 5.5 tooth rip saw. A few minutes later, ripping 5/4 maple takes a little effort, I had cut off the worst of the cup and the knot and planing was smooth sailing. Cutting first had saved me a good deal of planing effort, sawing off the part I wasn't going to use made a lot of sense.

Having grown up with power equipment my first instinct is always to square and flatten then cut. This isn't necessarily the most efficient thing when working by hand.

Also tonight I realized what a good cambered iron in a jack plane can do. You can really remove some stock in short order with a camber on the iron. I finally got around to puting a radius on the iron of one of my jacks. I was surprised at the speed which I was able to move on to the jointer plane. A scrub plane must be like a miracle.

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