Problems with cedar

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  • #120987
    tompslattery
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    I was dressing a piece of cedar today and as I was planning it I noticed a couple of nicks/dents in my plane iron. Resharpend the plane and after a handful of passes had even more nicks in the edge of the iron. Is this a property of cedar?

    #121017
    Frank Joseph
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    No that is not normal
    Its a soft wood planes easy.
    Look at the wood very close there could be something in it like buckshot I found a jacked round in a maple once and a screw in a pine log.
    There is something hard doing it. In the wood or something you are doing.
    Frankj

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #121033
    Dave
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    Tom, is there any discolouration in certain areas of the board? Greenish, greyish etc?

    -Canada

    #121036
    tompslattery
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    the board came out of a school in country new south wales in Australia when they did some renovations so unlikely to have buck shot in it. nails possibly but I definitely cant see any. Not sure about the colouration I’m colour blind. I’ll take a photo later and upload it.

    #121038
    tompslattery
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    Here are photos of both sides of the timber and shots of the plane iron. It’s been just sharpened and only took a handful of strokes and it was the 2nd time it happened

    #121045
    Dave
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    #121046
    tompslattery
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    It very well could be. My dad rescued it when they were doing renovations at his school. Not sure what it was being used for originally, had an ugly paint job on it.

    #121056
    David Gill
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    Tom
    Just a thought have you tried sharpening the plane iron and trying it on another piece of timber just to eliminate the plane from the equation

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #121060
    Frank Joseph
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    The wood could have sand in the surface .?as Dave said try the plane on other wood, then plane this wood check the blade after each pass try and locate the area its coming from then inspect that area with a glass. You have a #80 try it see what happens and try another plane. Or just scrap it and be done with it
    Frankj

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #121074
    tompslattery
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    Trying the plane on another piece of wood sounds like a good idea. Worst comes worst I’ll remove the ridges in wood with sand paper. Using it to make photo frames for Xmas presents. Just bought the scraper on the weekend. Haven’t got it going yet, think I need to sharpen it

    #121075
    George Fulford
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    I ran into the same problem last weekend planing a piece of wood from a pallet. It had tiny staple remnants that were just about impossible to see until they got planed over and were shiny. The blade passed right through them, but left those little nicks in the blade just like in your pictures. Might be worth a closer look.

    #121080
    tompslattery
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    Found the culprit. A little piece of nail or something. Felt the plane hit it this time. Only took 3 sharpenings and a lot of stuffing around. Good to be making some progress on my picture frames, to hot in Brisbane to not make any progress.

    Thank you all for the help:)

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