HowTo Set the Correct Angle for the

One of the best features of the large scraper plane shown below is the ability to change the angle of the blade for different tasks.

At the factory, the blade is set so it angles forward about 15° from the vertical position (left photo below). This results in a smooth cut with short, paper thin shavings. I use this angle for cleaning up machine marks on straight-grained wood.

Tilting the blade forward even more will take a deeper cut (center photo). This angle will produce long curls, almost like a low-angle plane. You could use this angle for smoothing an uneven surface, like a glued-up tabletop.

Setting the blade to a vertical position decreases the depth of the cut (right photo). This will produce fine scrapings, almost like sawdust. I use this setting when smoothing wood with highly figured grain.

70° to 15° degrees for average scraping tasks

70° to 15° degrees for average scraping tasks

Vertical position for highly woods

Vertical position for highly woods

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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