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  1. I’m not a fan of the resin, but I’m not going to judge because I was using a power plane this afternoon to rough dress the split timber for my next box lid.

    How are you holding the gouge when the bit chips out? Dead vertical, or leaning outwards a little bit? I find with a bit of a lean so that the axis between the bevel and flat is vertical, I get considerably less chipping on well seasoned oak.

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    I don’t mind using power tools for the real donkey work (I’ll use my Dw734 to thickness a board I’ve flattened on one side with a #05 or a scrub plane for example); mainly because in the 17th and 18th century these were tasks that took the average woodworker about six seconds to do (just long enough to yell “APPRENTICE! YOU DO IT!” and go for tea) 😀
    I draw the line more at things that take some judgement – flattening one side with a plane or doing the final finish planing for example.

    I was holding the gouge vertical the times that striking a mark caused a chip; other times, I was cutting out background and as I cut towards the struck line, the stop cut wasn’t enough to stop the chipping for some reason. I seem to be getting a little better, but who knows 😀

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