What Is Chatter?

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The term chatter refers to when a woodwork plane vibrates, shakes or jumps while planing.

The result of chatter is a poor cut leaving the piece of wood with a poor finish.

Chatter usually occurs when the plane parts have not been positioned or tightened correctly, the plane parts have been made badly or have become damaged.

If there is any slackness in any part the result will likely be the tool will begin to vibrate, it is therefore crucial to have a rigid plane setup to help reduce chatter.

Other improvements to a plane which can help reduce / remove chatter include having a thicker plane blade and a special two piece cap iron such as the Record SS cap iron or the Clifton two piece cap iron.

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