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#1 posted 09-03-2015 03:33 PM

How do I sharpen all those rusty & krusty plane irons that come through the shop???
Like this..
I have a 1’’ x 30” beltsander, with a worn belt. It will smooth the backs and establish the bevel back to what it is to be..

I have an India 600 grit (red) Medium oil stone. Free handed on it with just 3in1 oil
Without wiping the oil off the stone, I lay the first grit of wet&dry paper into the oil on the stone. I go through the 1K, 2K, and the 2.5K grits, with oil on the paper. No glue involved under them.
I then lay out an old leather work belt, usually right on the bench. Clamp one end. Belt is left dry. Pull the iron or chisel back towards me, away from the edge. 15-20 strokes each face, either the bevel or the back. Clean things up, install the iron in the plane….ready to go to work. At the most, this all takes maybe a 1/2 hour, if I have to hunt down the belt, that is.

I have such a plane coming today, I might just time how long it takes. Last one was start to finish in 2 hours, counting un-packing from the mailing box.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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