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It sounds like you're running your bit too slowly. Spade bits are pretty sensitive to low speeds. A faster speed (and less feed pressure) will result in less material being removed with each pass. This, in turn leads to less force on the wood, resulting in less tearing of the fibers. This tearing of the fibers, instead of cleanly cutting them, is what ...


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What is "medium duty" versus "heavy duty"? Is there an official definition? There's no specific definition of "medium duty" or "heavy duty" as those terms pertain to woodworking tools, and the same is probably true in most other contexts. The terms are essentially marketing terms that manufacturers use to suggest the ...


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Wax is actually widely considered the lubricant for this application. While it's an understandable concern, the small amount that may transfer to wood from incidental contact is a non-issue. Bear in mind the fact that planes, including smoothing planes which may be the last tool to touch a workpiece, often have their soles waxed. Some users even lubricate ...


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Alternative recommendation for smoothing without the need for planing stop: a cabinet scraper (card scraper) The other answers look to the work holding issue very well, and can definitely be used with a smoother plane. However, if you are only looking to smoothen, then I recommend an alternative to the plane: a trusty cabinet scraper. Since it is easier to ...


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