I have some glue-ups of four pieces 3/4 x 8 cherry stock. The
thickness of each board varies by about 1/32 between boards so there
is some smoothing to be done. The last time I encountered this problem
I used a No. 5 Stanley plane to smooth the jointed boards to a uniform
thickness. However, I had some diffuculty smoothing the grooves left
by the edges of the plane blade.
Should I bevel the edges of the plane blade to correct this or would I
be better off using a scraper to smooth the glued-up stock?
Sure, round the corners of the iron a tad and take small bites with the iron
firmly held against the throat. Second time the marks appear, bag it go to
the scraper. Takes more time, but it's a safer approach.
BTW, one reason some of the "I got the smiles and frowns alternating" school
of glue-ups run into problems is that they are following the wrong gluing
principle. Better to have sap to sap, heart to heartwood, or flat to flat
and quarter to quarter sawn edges. Not to mention it avoids some truly
disconcerting visual transitions.
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