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post #1 of 8 Old 01-11-2019, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, so I was noticing some chatter with my number 4 and 220. I was advised that I needed to sharpen my irons. I did that, and do so frequently throughout the day since I work with a lot of pretty hard woods, and that didnt really help any. Then someone said to oil the soles of my irons. This I do relatively frequently as well, but they said to do so as I'm working. My question is the finish of the wood. Now, I know I'm not pouring heavy amounts of oil all over my planes, but won't the oil soak into the area of wood where I'm planing, and in doing so affect the finish when I apply it?

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I use the rag in a can (Paul Sellers Recommendation) method with 3 in 1 oil. Stops chattering, easier planning, and lessons the shrill sounds when rounding end grain due to vibrations. Has left no noticeable effect transferred to the wood. The rag in a can consists of a cotton cloth tightly rolled and inserted into a short can (mine is a mushroom can) with about 1/2" of the roll sticking out of the top of the can. It kinda looks like a cinnamon bun in a can. I soak it with 3 in 1 oil (about 1/3 of the oil) and let it sit overnight before use. It lasts about 2 years. My first one used an old tube sock. Just sits on my bench all the time and is not effected by saw chips or wood shavings, just brush off and glide your plane rearward on the cloth to distribute oil to you plane. I also works well on hand saw blades.
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I've found that canning paraffin blocks work well for this.
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I use the rag in a can (Paul Sellers Recommendation) method with 3 in 1 oil.
I second this. Eliminates chatter and helps protect against rust. I use this thing all the time!

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The oil-in-a-can, tallow, candle, and canning paraffin all work and leaves almost nothing on the work. I prefer the paraffin method because it is widely available, cheap, lasts an extremely long time at the bench, and has a reduced chance of making a mess.
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I have used Rag in a Can now for about 6 years .with no ill effects, And it stops chatter.

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Oiler-in-a-can thirded.

Another big cause of chatter is the chip breaker being too far back from the end of the blade. I've found 1/16" is about right for general planing.

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Common misconception chatter is a friction issue, but it is not.

It is a blade/cap iron/frog issue. dull blade, too deep a cut, planing against the grain, cap iron loose. You'll see it more with planes that have a thin blades and cap iron like Stanleys. Check to make sure it is contacting the blade completely and evenly.

Also check the frog screws, snugness of cap iron lever. Skewing the plane will usually help if the problem is a particular board.

Lubricating the sole reduces the work effort, and may indirectly help with chatter, but it does not address the cause.
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