Doing the Things that You Already Know You Should Do.
I have used a combination blade more aggressively than normal during a recent project. I am generally a specific blade for a specific purpose kind of guy but, the piece is for me and I wanted to stress-test this blade geometry a little. The result is that it has started to burn when ripping some walnut. I had a woodworking guest point out that a good cleaning will sometimes make a blade cut like new again.
Of course I know this. I preach it on hear often but, in my mind I was thinking it was probably time for a run to the sharpeners for this blade. You can see where this is going . . . I hit the blade with a little L.A. Awesome yellow (my preferred cutter cleaner for many years) and in a couple of minutes the blade was sparkling clean and ripped right through some walnut without the burn issue.
I know, a rather boring thread but, a good reminder to do those things we all know we should do:
- Keep your cutters clean and sharp
- Don't drag your hand plane iron back across the surface
- Use feather boards for cleaner cuts
- Use holders for small parts and keep those pinkies clear of sharp things
- Wear your respirator even through you are only hand sanding
- and the list goes on, and on, and on so let's all . . .
Do the things that you already know you should do ;-)
Last edited by glenn bradley; 03-25-2016 at 04:15 PM.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke