So after using dremel and sandpaper to grind down the ear of the blade until it fits in the mouth...
Time for my first try at ura-dashi/tapping out
Here's my ura-dashi layout.
-Hickory log, smooth on the top
-Tablet playing Iron and Wine
A minute in:
Nice! I don't want to go overboard. Just gotta get a good feel for the process first.
Now to follow Jason's advice: Grinded the offending side on 80 grit for a while.
Then put the full blade on, with the pressure still on the offending side.
Then proceeding from 80, 150, 220, 400 sandpaper; 800 waterstone; 1000 waterstone; 6000 grit to finish up.
Not hanging on it's bevel...yet.
Sloppy camera work, sloppy bevel...
But how does it work?
Translucent shavings...but the board isn't flat, so it isn't taking perfect shavings.
But...just to show how well the chipbreaker is working now that it's fitted...Those shavings were taken against the grain. No tearout.
taking thicker shavings, it's working well!
Still a really great polish, even from thick shavings, and no sight so far of the tracks....
On pine...Chipbreaker is working much better. Not only preventing tearout but curling and shooting out shavings perfectly, except when my hands are in the way.
Also...translucent shavings in pine are solid shavings in cherry. I blame the widely different growth rings in pine.
Pretty darn square! Either that or my cheap square is out of square!
I didn't add tape yet. It's working pretty well, though. Big thing was it turns out the whole reason why I couldn't adjust the blade was the blade was too wide for the mouth...
Now it's still not perfectly even, pretty close, but I can adjust the blade now, and that makes a huge difference. A few more sharpenings with the pressure on the right side will soon make it perfect, I think.
And I think another round of tapping out, too...The line was thicker at the beginning but all the grinding back has it once more thin. The hollow is starting to look like a pinched-off pot, though...
Thanks to Jason for his comments, his blog posts on ura-dashi, and also to D and M King's blog posts on tapping out!