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Learning to Sharpen #9: Grinding to set a new bevel for a plane iron

09-23-2013 10:09 PM by Mark Colan | 4 comments »

The Problem All of my plane irons have a bevel. Presumably it is close to the original 25-degree angle. But after flattening the backs, the next step, grinding and honing the bevel, wasn’t working. The problem I was having seemed to be that the tip of the edge was not getting honed. After a good bit of grinding with a coarser grade paper, I noticed that the other edge of the bevel (let’s call it the “heel”), opposite the tip, had the grinding marks. I surmise that this is because the angle of the bevel is greater than the angle used by my sharpening jig. My Equipment For abrasives, I am using #320 paper glued to glass, and then a variety of papers s...

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