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    Plane blade direction

    As I try to educate myself about planes I'm stumped as to when the bevel faces up or down. Are shaves different?
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    Seeing as you had trouble with the bandsaw, I will give you a hint. The point goes towards the wood
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Seeing as you had trouble with the bandsaw, I will give you a hint. The point goes towards the wood
    Now yer just picken on him Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    Now yer just picken on him Steve
    He knew it was coming, he just didn't know from where
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    I'm laughing.

    Jim, I hope someone answers your question, because I've wondered the same thing.
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    As a general rule, block planes have the bevel facing up, and bench planes have the bevel facing sown.

    Spokeshaves usually have the bevel up.

    One rule that pretty much always applies is that, if the blade has a logo on it, it goes into the plane with the bevel facing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Seeing as you had trouble with the bandsaw, I will give you a hint. The point goes towards the wood
    Ha!!! See Steve...planes don't have bandsaw blades!! I'm glad it took it off
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    Jim, I'd like to clarify your point about spokeshaves.

    LA spokeshaves - the old ones made of wood are bevel up. Metal Stanleys like 151's and 51's, LN, and LV [but not the LA types] are bevel down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    One rule that pretty much always applies is that, if the blade has a logo on it, it goes into the plane with the bevel facing up.
    Jim, don't you mean with the logo facing up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    Jim, don't you mean with the logo facing up?
    Ooops! Yeah, Ken, that's what I was meaning to say. Fingers got engaged before brain, I guess...
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