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    Well, I don’t think the problem is in your technique. Teak wood has high silica, so it’s going to dull your sharp irons pretty fast.

    If the tear out is the major problem, just set your chipbreaker really close to the cutting edge. About a thick hair away from the cutting edge.

    If that doesn’t work either, just sand it. Sometimes you just have to finish the project by any anything possible.

    Personally I wouldn’t use hard wood for the bench. Pine or cedar will work great for me.


    Hi Jake,

    If I did it over I would have chosen Cider too. Love the smell for one thing. That is one of the lessons learned. I’ve learned a lot though and it’s been a good experience.

    Being a beginner, this is one way to learn what woods work best for different projects. I choose this wood for this project because I thought it would be pretty, and it is. But I gave no thought to the hardness, in fact my first reaction was it was a soft wood. I guess I picked just the right piece, lots of white in it and it just didn’t seem hard. Boy did I learn. The brown wood is very hard and the dark brown is even harder.

    You advise on setting the chip breaker backs up advise from a lot of people. I’ve been using the jack plane I have which has no chip breaker and have gotten pretty good at planing the wood. Today though I think I will try my #4 and set the chip breaker real close and see what happens. First though I’ll try it on a piece of scrap I have now so I don’t risk the work I have done already.

    Thanks for you input.

    David B

    Your jack plane has no chip breaker?


    Hi Dave,

    That is correct, no chip breaker on my Low Jack plane. It’s a Lie Nielsen, cost an arm and a leg. Since I can’t inspect the tools before buying them, I would rather pay a high price for known quality than risk a poorly made tool. My first plane was of a brand name, but a awful tool at a lower price. So now I tend to stay with something I know will be good, even if it cost more.

    I also worked with my #4, setting the chip breaker really close to the edge of the blade. Really close. As I was told, it would only be very thin shavings. But it did work. No gouging and a clean surface. I want to practice more with it on scrap wood first and make su