I recently got a Veritas Combination plane with the Tongue Cutters. Off I went to cut me some tongues. I needed to cut it on the end grain of a 4″ wide board. This was quite difficult to do with the combination plane. Even with a sharp blade it was really tough, had to apply oil on the skates about every 10 strokes and take very fine shavings. Whats a better approach? Just sawing it off then cleaning up with the combo plane + tongue cutters? Using a rebate plane instead? Curious on your thoughts. I’ve searched far and wide and was surprised that there wasn’t any video examples of people cutting tongues on end grain (with hand tools).
Really sharp cures a lot of ills. If you haven’t honed your cutter and are relying on the factory sharpening you will likely have problems on end grain.
Other things to pay attention to.
Take smaller cuts on end grain.
Check to se that the skate is parallel to the fence.
Also, make sure thecutter protrudes on both sides of the skate.
I would suggest that you do not use a combination plane to cut tongues in end grain. You are essentialy cutting a short tenon. I would use a saw and refine with a router plane or chisel.
You could also also use your rebate blade from both sides with combination plane.
I hope this helps
You can use your Veritas combination plane like a rebate plane to make the (tenon-like) end grain tongue as there is a spur on this plane.
(there are other ways when one has no spur)
That means you have to do the two sides separately.
That is the way people make the tongue to install a breadboard at the end of a board.
See Paul’s video “breadboard-end cutting board” for example.
But don’t try to use it on end grain the way one use a pair of tongue and groove planes (they are not supposed to be used on end grain).
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