I find a well set up cap iron to be vital for preventing tear out. It allows me to take good thick shavings and still leave a beautifully smoothed surface, even on difficult grain. Of course this isn’t possible without a good sharp iron, so when it comes to setting the cap iron I want a method that’s straight forward and quick, I can’t be doing with anything that puts me off sharpening up when necessary.
When preparing my cap irons, as in the last video, I don’t mind spending a fair bit of time as it’s a job I’ll only have to do once. Since I have to set it on to the iron over and over, many times a day my method for this is much swifter. Give it a go, experiment to get a feel and let me know what you think.
I focus mainly on the smoothing plane but also discuss setting up on more heavy cambers.