I have received free old seasoned australian Ironbark (can you guess why it has that name) and when i’m planing it i get tearout in very interesting patterns. Curious if anyone with a bit more knowledge can help me identify what is causing it and how i can minimise it?
I am using a 5 1/2 Falcon Pope and this happens whether or not the blade is sharp or not…planing with the grain as well.
On a side note, this timber has been giving me hell as this is the only timber i have to work on!! 😉 haha
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My guess is that it is a figured wood, where the grain changes direction often. The changing grain will always cause tear-out if you are not careful. If you can get it planed smooth, it should be really pretty. Some things you can try are the following:
1. Keep you plane iron as sharp as you can get it.
2. Take VERY light shavings – about as light as you can get them.
3. Make sure the chip-breaker is very close to the blade’s edge – no more than 1 mm.
4. Close up the mouth of the plane to leave just enough room for fine shavings to pass through.
I know nothing of Falcon Pope planes, but a quick search shows me they are a Stanley Bailey-pattern clone. So setting the mouth tighter (smaller) should be just a matter of loosening the frog screws, moving the frog forward (manually or with the frog adjustment screw on back of frog, if it has one), and tightening the frog screws. Test and repeat, if necessary.
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