I've got a Shepherd smoother and am having a heck of a time getting
acceptable performance out of it. I have been using a Stanley #4 and even a
#6 to far better effect on my current project.
My first mistake when I first got it was to try a 25 degree bevel. No good -
back to 30 degrees with a couple of micro bevels. Not great. I just read a
review of the LV4.5 (also with an A2 blade) where the reviewer recommends a
30degree primary and a 35degree secondary.
Can anyone offer me any tips specific to make the Shepard work? BTW: I have
been using a "scary sharp" type method with regular wet or dry sand paper on
glass for final sharpening.
Did you build it, or did Shepherd or another builder? Is this the #7
Spiers or the A6 Norris?
If the Spiers, are you successful at getting the iron adjusted for a
small enough shaving? On the Shepherd shoulder plane I just built, I
find that adjusting the iron is pretty tricky (but it is wedged). Is
the mouth small enough?
I have the Spiers kit waiting for me to set aside the time to build
it, so I will be watching this with interest.
Alex -- Replace "nospam" with "mail" to reply by email. Checked infrequently.
ok that's what I needed first make sure the iron is bedded well look from the
bottom and make sure you see no gaps between the back of the iron and the wood.
you want a nice tight fit. check the top too that sounds like the problem if the
blade is sharp.
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