Planing soap - what type is best?

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  1. Mar 11, 2016 #21

    GrantLee63

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    Ditto on the Japanese Round Molding Plane ... awesome tool.
     
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    I have this, too. I bought it because IL mentioned in one of her posts that she had it, liked the way it took thin slices, and cleaning it was easy. It turned out to be a great investment. I don't plane and bevel all of my soaps, I prefer the rustic look. However, I like my "gifts" to be a bit polished looking. (My "give-aways" are rustic and very handmade looking.)
     
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    Hi IrishLass! I was wondering if you use both planer measurements. I have seen some with 1/16" or some with 1/8" (I think those are the measurements of the blades), but not 2 blades like you one you've referenced. Thank you!
     
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    I'm looking to get a combo planer/beveler. I plan to mainly bevel but want the option to be able to plane if needed/wanted. Some good recommendations here.

    Thanks!
     
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    Hi Baylee- if you are referring to the 1/8" & 1/4" Japanese tool, it has only one single blade as shown below, but one half of the blade is contoured/shaped narrower (1/8") than the other half (1/4"). Same with the grooves going down the length of the wood as well- one side is narrower than the other. When I bevel, I mostly like to use the narrower 1/8" side. One of the cool things about this tool (among other things) is that the angle of the blade can be adjusted in order to make the cut of the bevel deeper or more shallow to your desire:

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    My SMR acrylic planer/beveler has only one cutting blade as well, as shown below, but it is flat (not contoured) and level all the way across so that it can also be used as a plane. The grooves for beveling that you see going down the length of either side of the planer/beveler leading up to the blade are shaped differently from each other. It might be hard to see, but one of the grooves is slightly wider than the other and deeper (1/8" deep). The narrower groove is 1/16" deep. I only use this tool for planing, since I like the contoured bevels that my Japanese tool makes. For what it's worth, the planer shaves off very little of my soap - only 1/32" (actually just slightly less than that) with each pass.

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    HTH!
    IrishLass :)
     
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    I'm using my acrylic planer as we speak! Finally feeling better and lots of soap to make! Did 12 lbs today! One batch was in my new loaf mold, I was so excited to finally use it!
     

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