Stock Prep Woes

September 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm 2 comments

Finally got some shop time last night to start preparing the Narra for construction of the case. I started off using my #5 jack plane with a freshly honed Hock blade. Can you say tare out? So I switched to my #3 smother set to a real fine shaving. Still tear out. Then I brought out the big guns, my Mujingfang polisher plane. This is a rosewood body plane with a 63 degree bed angle. Still the wood tore out. So I sent out a tweet for help and the suggestion that came back was sharpen up the card scraper and give it a go.

Well I took me best card scraper, put a nice sharp burr on the edges and gave it a go. After over 2 hours of work I got all four boards smooth. However they are no longer square or flat. Looks like I am going to have to do some more researching on how to prep this stock properly. If anyone has any suggestions please leave a comment to this thread. I don’t know if it is my technique with the scraper or planes. Maybe it is time to make some kind of dog hole clamping system or a drum sander. Right now I have a planing stop and that is about it.


Here are some pictures as per the request of Shannon. As you can see they are no longer flat and square.

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  • 1. Shannon  |  September 24, 2008 at 3:23 am

    What can you say, some grain is not meant to be tamed. Although I am surprised that by using a card scraper you could significantly change the shape of the stock. Those things are taking 1000th inch shavings. You must have really gone to town on that board to bring it out of square. Coarse, Medium, and Fine man! I would love to see some pictures of the Narra after prep though.


  • 2. Michael  |  September 24, 2008 at 3:50 am

    Shanon, Yea I did have to go a little crazy to take care of the tear out on some of the boards. Ask and you shall receive, I attached the pics to the post.

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