Results with the Panel Raiser

I made a small raised panel in walnut with the Panel Raising plane to observe how it would do in a hardwood going all four directions.  As an experiment, I ran across the grain at one end last, which is not the ideal order because of the risk if tear out.  Cross grain should be done first.  However, the observer would not be able to tell which end was done “incorrectly”, because there is no discernible tear out on any of the corners.  This is due to the fact that the blade is sharply skewed, and also because of the cross grain nicker that severs the fibers along the fillet before the blade makes its cut.VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

The other challenge is to get good results on the side of the panel where the plane is running against the grain.  While the chosen wood should be as straight as possible, there will inevitably be some areas where the plane is going uphill.  This photo shows the worst area, which does have some minor tearing, but would be considered more than acceptable in a handmade piece.  The panel shown is straight off the plane, with no sanding or scraping done to it.  VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

When the plane reaches both the bench top and the top of the field, it will stop cutting.  This plane is meant to be used on 3/4″ thick stock, and will leave a straight section of 1/4″ thickness to fit into the groove in the stiles and rails. Not the spring line on the front of the plane, which is a good visual reference when using to keep the plane vertical.  Also note that the nicker is also in a vertical position.  The bulk of the material was removed with a jack plane to save wear on the panel plane.  The jack can be set aggressively to speed the task up.

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