Finally I got a new veritas router plane (had to wait a month, not too bad). I never used a “real” router plane before, so this could be due to lack of experience, but I find the base compresses the surface fibres leaving shiny patches on the surface of even oak and maple, not to speak of pine.
Wonder whether I’m I putting too much pressure or this normal. Would a wooden base make a big difference? Any advice will be much appreciated. Thanks.
I’ve got the same router plane and have used it on Pine and Cherry so far. No problem. I don’t recall needing to use much downward pressure. I did discover that it works best for me to take a fairly thin shaving each pass.
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@lorenzojose is spot on.. in my excitement I was trying out on some offcuts causing burnishing of high spots. On a smooth piece the marks are much less visible and mostly due to operator error. It seems I sometimes fail to keep the base flat causing too much pressure on the edge of the wood, for example..
@flyboyjim Yes, I’m sure it has to be me, as this tool is much loved and I’ve only heard good things about it.
I think @lorenzojose hit the nail of the head with his “lightly burnishing” comment. As long as you are doing your router work before final smoothing, or scraping you should not have any lasting issues with the slight burnishing.
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