How can I go about removing the twist from this plane?

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    Joe Kaiser

    I picked up this wonderful 24″ wooden plane the other day. i was quite pleased with the condition, but going into it I knew the sole would need a little bit of work. When I lay it flat on a table, the plane rocks very slightly due to the twist.

    I’m not sure what wood this is made from. It almost looks like Rosewood, but I didn’t know entire plane bodies would be made from that. The problem I am having is that no matter what direction I plane this I get really bad tear out. (Yes, my iron is sharp) I tried skewing my plane by 45* and micro bevels on my plane. I set the cap iron about 1/32 of an inch from the edge and I still get it. Does any one have any other tricks?

    I plan on using this for jointing long (8 feet) boards. So I think it needs to be pretty flat and straight.

    Seattle, WA

    • This topic was modified 6 years, 8 months ago by Joe Kaiser.
    David Perrott

    You can use a cabinet scraper. That should work. Just keep checking while you go.

    Joe Kaiser

    I have a card scraper, but no cabinet scraper :/ I guess I can use that. I might take a while, but if it is my only option…

    The iron in this is an odd size. 1 7/8 inches. slightly smaller than a #4 iron. I wonder why?

    Seattle, WA

    Salko Safic

    You need to raise your blade angle to 50 or higher degrees this will fix it but try 50 first the higher you go the harder it is to push.
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    Peter George

    Why not flatten it on sand paper? If it works for iron planes it should work for wood.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    Joe Kaiser

    I was visitant to use sand paper because I didn’t have a flat surface long enough to reference.

    After a few hours, it is nearly there. The very last inch of the sole is too out of wack, and I would need to remove another quarter inch to bring the rest down. I assume it is OK to leave that inch alone? (It is lower that the rest of the sole, so as long as I don’t rock the plane back, it seem to work fine)

    Seattle, WA


    Have you set the chipbreaker very close to the edge of the blade? This is a good trick for handling tear out but force a shallow cut. Historical look at the purpose of the double iron

    Tuscloosa, Alabama
    Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop


    remember that the more material you remove from the sole of the plane the opening where your planeblade protrudes gets wider.
    when this opening gets larger the more tear out you wil get.
    Hope you understand my bad english.

    Lopik - Netherlands

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