On Tue, 5 Feb 2008 17:22:28 -0500, Peter W Redstone <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Hi folks! Owen D wrote:
>I'm with Bill on this. With a very, very sharp, and very well-set
>>plane, jacks will be smooth as teflon.
>Why does a jack have to be that slick? I scrape my jacks and they
>seem perfectly smooth enough to me. And they're certainly smooth
>enough to slide in the register without any friction.
I haven't _made_ jacks using a plane, or otherwise. For adjustment work I
used to use the scraper too. Works fine enough, as you say.
The point with the Lie-Nielsen low angle plane that Owen mentions is that it is
a) not extremely difficult to get really sharp, the steel is ab-ser-lootly
b) working with it, when well-sharpened, makes everything a dance. I've
never seen anything even remotely like it (while I have decent, well-tuned
old-school Stanleys otherwise).