Shop stuff #203: Camber a plane iron

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 02-12-2021 09:56 PM 1142 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I use my #5 almost exclusively as a fore plane. I decided to up it’s usability for the job by putting a camber on the iron. Not too much of one, a 10” radius seems about right to check it out. I also changed the bevel angle to 35 degrees to give it a bit more strength. The same angle that Chris Schwarz uses. I am pleased with my first attempt at this, the plane works a treat!

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#1 posted 02-13-2021 03:20 AM

I put a camber on an iron last year when I finally got a bench grinder. I think it made a huge difference and I am super impressed with how quickly it takes off wood and how nice a finish it leaves.

-- At some point in your life you will use everyone of your tools as a hammer.

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#2 posted 02-15-2021 10:41 PM

The only bedrock I own is a no. 5 and the older round side “rule and level” era. I use it almost exclusively as a scrub/fore plane with heavy camber. I like to keep the scalloped surface on certain parts as it keeps a “hand made” look and feel.

I think you’re going to like the camber more and more!

-- - Nick

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