Tips & Tricks Issue 85: Microfiber Grain Detector

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This article is from Issue 85 of Woodcraft Magazine.

With certain woods that lack distinct graining, it can be difficult to gauge which direction to plane in order to prevent tearout. In these cases, I’ve found that dragging a microfiber cloth on the surface is very helpful. With most woods, there’s a noticeable resistance when the cloth is pulled against the slope of the grain. So, whichever way the cloth moves easiest, that’s the direction you want to move the cutter.

—Thomas Moss, Bradenton, Florida


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