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#1 posted 04-04-2016 04:34 PM

Per Stanley: ( it is stamped on their plane irons) 25 degrees.

You can rig a grinder jig to attach to the tool rest, and lock it at that angle. Keep a cup of water close by, and dunk often.

You can use either oil stones ( I use a 600 and a 1000 grit) sandpaper on a flat surface, go out and buy a worksharp tool, or even water stones and diamond stones. Until you can get the feel of how to hold the iron, invest in a guide of some sort, to hold the iron at the angle needed.

Find an old leather work belt, or even a weightlifter’s leather belt, cut a decent section, attach it to something flat. You now have a strop to polish the edge. It works on the pull stroke, lift up the iron each pass, and then pull it back to you. Either dry, or with a polishing compound of your choice.

Just worry about the first 1/2” of the back being flat and polished. Just worry about get that one bevel done, you can worry about any other “extra” bevels at another time. A flatten back, and a sharp bevel is enough to get started using the plane. IF the edge is curved a bit ( Cambered they call it) try to follow that curve. otherwise, you can just make a nice straight edge across, square to the sides of the iron. I have one or two #5 planes that work very nicely as smoothers.

Basically, Keep It Simple….THEN work up from there.

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