Backbevels – Altering Pitches on Traditional Style Planes

February 19, 2008

We’ve been covering the process of altering bevels in an effort to change the pitch of our bevel up planes to minimize tearout when planing wood.

But is it possible to do the same with traditional bevel down planes?

Afterall, no matter what bevel you put on your traditional planes, the back of the blade is always dead flat (or should be) and is parallel with the bed of the frog so how can you alter the pitch?

There are two ways, the first is to replace the traditional 45 degree angle frog – referred to as a common pitch – with a steeper 50 degree angle frog – York pitch or grind a bevel on the back of the blade – a back bevel.

For consistent back bevel grinding I use my Veritas MK.II honing guide.

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