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I'm working in curly maple for the 1st time.
I'm making face frames and end panels out of highly figured curly maple - beautiful stuff - for a cabinet that I'm building.
I'm loving it! But, my power jointer and planer, while sharp, are still causing a lot of small, coffee-ground sized tear-out.
I've read that hand planes should be used to clean this up, and that they leave a final surface that really brings out the beauty of the figure when you finish it.
But I'm clueless - high angle or low angle? Lee Valley has a low angle plane that they tout for "difficult grain" of which I certainly have plenty. Is this the right choice?
What do you hand-plane guru's say?
Using hand tools only, how do you cut several boards to equal length cleanly without splinters or saw marks 5 replies