Just bought 3 lie-nielsen bench planes. These babies really sing. I
noticed on lie-nielsen's site (not where I purchased them!) that they
recommend a micro-bevel of 2 or 3 degrees for maximum smoothness.
But they don't say what side should hold the micro-bevel. Does anyone
know whether it is best to put the micro-bevel on the bevel side or on
the flat side?
Assuming you are talking about bevel-down planes, if you put it on
the bevel side it makes it easier to hone in the future (don't have to
redo the whole bevel). If you put it on the flat side, you change the
effective cutting angle of the plane. (FWIW, I've done this
intentionally with my L-N #4-1/2, and it works well.)
If you're talking about a bevel-up plane, putting a microbevel on
the bevel side changes the effective angle. (FWIW, I also do this on
purpose on my low-angle smoothers; higher angles can be heplful when
dealing with tricky woods.)
Chuck Vance (who's guessing that L-N intended it to be on the
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