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    End Grain Ribbons?

    I've been fiddling with an old Craftsman block plane I have and so far I am pretty happy with the improvements, but I have a question about sharpness. I scary sharped the blade up to 2500 grit and then leather stropped the blade, but when I tested the plane on oak end grain, it did not produce a ribbon. It did cut a smooth pass, but it was dust on the blade and not a continuous ribbon.

    I am having a woodworker brain cramp, but I thought a super, super sharp blade will cut a ribbon of end grain? I'm thinking I should go back and re-scary sharp the cutting iron again until a ribbon emerges. Is this right or am I entering the holy grail of sharpness on this one?
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    depends on the board travis.....if the plane cuts why go further?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    depends on the board travis.....if the plane cuts why go further?
    Tod, sometimes ye take the fun out of things.
    You can make it very difficult to argue with simple common sense.
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    oak is hard to cut the end grain. I dont think you will get ribbons out of oak.

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    Yeah it must be the porous structure of the wood. I can get nice ribbons of end grain from pine and other softer woods, but not the oak. I guess Tod is right, it is sharp enough.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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