You can get over this with a plane, but you need a very fine shaving
aperture, a pretty fine set and a lot of downwards pressure on the plane.
Under these conditions, the cap iron setback is immaterial providing that it
is not ultra-fine.
As folk have said, you can remove the tearout with a scraper, but this runs
the risk of creating a hollow that might be visible on a highly polished
Jeff Gorman, West Yorkshire, UK
email : Username is amgron
I work in building restoration. Recently I have spent weeks and months on
some softwood internal panelling which is about 300 yrs old. I can tell you
that if you hand plane pine and fir you get tears around the knots. It has
always been that way, there is nothing wrong with your technique. In the
19th century they invented planing machines and standards went up, then they
invented sanding in the 20th century and standards changed again but on my
work I hand plane, I leave the pits and tears around the knots and at the
end of the day my work looks like the old work.
Any fool can push the wood through a machine. Leave your tool marks on the
timber. It makes it special and precious. I often look at the marks made by
the carpenters 300 yrs ago and I am filled with respect for their skill and
ability. If you have a sharp blade and a strong arm you are not going wrong.
Thanks, Tim. I'm pretty much coming to that conclusion. The
tear out isn't terrible and I would prefer that to low spots.
FYI, the piece is already glued up and that's why I can't run
the board through a planer. Some time between cutting and gluing
up, I got some warping, probably from the heavy humidity. It's
not bad at all, but I wanted to get the side nice and flat. Hence
the knot issue.
Sanding gives you low spots, and even with a satin finish
it still looks kind of bad. I'm sure no one in my family
would ever notice, but I would think about it every time
I looked at it for the rest of my life.
doesn't that suck? recently I redid my bathroo m. I bought some
standard tile (lowes) and ordered the rest.Of course it didn't match.
OF COURSE I noticed it after I put up about 30 tiles. Lowes was not
happy to deal with me that day. My wife told me it looked ok, and that
I better NEVER tell anyone we show the house to about it. So far,
everybody loves the way it came out.
I think about it every time I take a shower.
As I understand it, this is one of the uses for a toothed blade.
The idea being to go over the difficult area with the toothed blade
first. What's left behind, by the toothed blade, is supposed to
be easier to deal with and clean-up with a scraper or smoother.
NOTE: I haven't tried this myself, just what I read in "The Handplane
Book" by Garrett Hack (pg. 181).
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