Tuning Hand Planes - Setting The Cap Iron / Chip Breaker





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Published on May 24, 2015

The last (for now) of three videos about cap irons.
I show my method for setting up the cap iron on to the plane blade. I need this to be accurate, but also very quick.
I find a well set up cap iron to be vital for preventing tear out. It allows me to take good thick shavings and still leave a beautifully smoothed surface, even on difficult grain. Of course this isn't possible without a good sharp iron, so when it comes to setting the cap iron I want a method that's straight forward and quick, I can't be doing with anything that puts me off sharpening up when necessary.

When preparing my cap irons, as in the last video, I don't mind spending a fair bit of time as it's a job I'll only have to do once. Since I have to set it on to the iron over and over, many times a day my method for this is much swifter. Give it a go, experiment to get a feel and let me know what you think.

I focus mainly on the smoothing plane, but also discuss setting up for more heavy cambers.



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