Make Smoothing Wood Just Plane Simple

Shavings tell how you’re scraping by

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Examine the wood and your plane shavings to diagnose problems. If the blade cuts too deeply, above left, loosen the lever cap knob and reduce the blade depth. If a freshly sharpened blade still leaves just tiny curls and sawdust, above center, adjust the pitch of the frog until the burr bites into the wood surface. If a worn blade goes from making curls to making sawdust, resharpen the blade and restore the burr. Aim for long, wide, and thin shavings, like the one shown above right.

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