Shop Notes #14: Me and Murphy figuring out how to sharpen my plane blades!

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 12-29-2014 01:15 AM 2095 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Murphy and I have been rehabbing planes and now attempting to sharpen the plane blades.

Watched Stumpy Nubbs video on Scarey Sharp. Good basic stuff but no advice when Murphy decides to get involved. LOL! I’ve checked out Paul Sellers and his YouTube videos on sharpening. I Have a Work sharp. Had it since they first came out. almost wore it out sharpening chisels for two days!

One of the planes I’ve been rehabbing is my dad’s old number six. And the width of the blade is 2.5 inches. The WorkSharp only goes to 2 inches!

Set up the “Scary sharp” method to get the #6 blade together. The edge was seriously out of true. Watched Paul Use sandpaper and plate glass and some of it was Emory paper. Used spray adhesive and mounted different grits and types of sandpaper. Went from 60 grit to 600 on some Emory. About 2 hours later I was not happy and quit as Murphy was in charge.

The following day I set up my Porter Cable 8 inch grinder. Followed YouTube recommendations as well as a good PDF on balancing the wheels from Google search. Even took off the Chinese wheels that came with it and put on a Norton Stone. The grinder and the wheel were in the box from the previous October. Shims didn’t work. I ground down the washers ment to hold the wheels per a suggestion that made sense. Ended up having one of the Chinese wheels being the most stable. and shimmed the Norton Stone the best I could.

Got a Grizzly Protractor from Santa. Extremely helpful in trying to come up with 25 degrees for the plane blades. I sharpened them free hand with the Chinese stone. Angle good! but not exactly square? Damn you Murphy!

I’m getting there. I’m better with the Porter Cable grinder than with the Scarey sharp using my honing guide. Even made a stop block so it would go smoothly….LOL!

I’ve watched Paul Sellers and I’m not a guy with 50 years experience from apprentice to master woodworker, but I’m inching forward..

Any suggestions and comments are welcome!

Happy New Year!

Me and Murphy

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 01:28 AM

Hey Tom
Do you have an angle guide for the scary sharp method.,43072,43078

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 02:23 AM

A couple of suggestions.

There is no end to the number of sharpening systems you can use and of course all the paraphernalia you can buy to go with it. Chris Schwarz recommends that you try a sharpening method and stick with it for at least a year before switching. It gives you time to practice and develop some proficiency with the method you are using and will be less expensive in the long run.

That said some other resources to consider re plane blade sharpening are a couple of Lie Nielsen vdieos and another by Rob Cosman who does a good job demystifying sharpening.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 02:32 AM


I have a honing guide and I built the stop block. Didn’t post any pictures but I will when and if I get some of the planes back together. And my new protractor lets me know how far off I am. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 02:35 AM


Didn’t give Rob credit here. He is like Paul Sellers. LOL! I know I have to practice to get it right. Just looks easier when they do it?


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 12-30-2014 08:20 PM

I have a Worksharp, if you make a table for it you can use your honing guide on top. Stumpy has a good one. Mine is here:

For all that I have found that once my blades are sharp the first time I tend to hone them freehand on a 8000 grit water stone. I was always afraid of freehand but it really only takes a little care and practice and it is so much faster. It was actually being too lazy to set my plane irons in my honing guide that started me honing freehand.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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