Wondering how those who are better than me with a planer create a V bottom using only the planer. Is it done this way or do others block it in the way I do?
Step cuts on the rail, then back and forth motion with the planer.
Literally takes seconds.
…bear in mind that you shape all the board with a planer not with a block…
That’s why I ask the question reverb. Wanting to figure out this technique so I can get there.
Thanks for asking the question Mako, I was wondering about that too.
Barry, Reverb-when you smooth out the steps, are you also going nose-tail or rail-stringer instead?
I have long arms.
Back and forth motion in the tail area.
See the corners in the above pic?
Imagine just knocking down those corners.
Back cuts double the cutting motion.
I tend to cut my Vee, then regular nose to tail.
Longboards with Vee or rolled bottoms, I work from the rail to the stringer.
…yesterday I shaped one with a big V and I tried to take photos but without success due to the lightning, so I did not get what I wanted to show; anyway, I shape those V similar to Barry Snyder wrote. I start with the rail band but please do not confuse as rail-stringer action; is always nose to tail or tail to nose action.
If the V is too big or pronounced I start from the rail side but from Nose to tail opening the planer action from “0” to the desired cut. I do the same passes both sides to the desired amount of V in the rail then start the second pass besides (I can do this second pass each side at a time or in both sides; but I think depends on the experience) Then working to the stringer
This is very important----Type of V marks in my opinion, the angle intended with the planer.----this is very important
-First check your blank and study your dims to check the thickness and rocker there, if you are OK, you can start with the V if not better to do that before; if not all that nice V bottom will be flattened in a minute…
Thanks for the tips guys.