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Posted on How sharp do you sharpen your handplanes?

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 02:55 PM

A properly sharpened plane should produce a mirror-like finish that needs no sanding. This depends somewhat on the type of wood, for example walnut can be quite reflective, while maple not so.

If you prefer the type of hand planed look on the finished surface stop there. I generally follow with a scraper. Personally, I avoid sandpaper if possible.

You need to take it up to 6-8000. Don’t know what size stones you have but you need at least a 3×8 stone for sharpening plane irons.

For resharpening or touch up I start on a 1200 diamond plate (800 if I’ve been to lazy to sharpen when it needed) then usually straight to a 8000 water stone followed by a few strokes on a leather strop.

For plane blades I usually do a slight back bevel to finish (see “ruler trick” or “Charlesworth method”). Of course, you never do this on a chisel.

THE most important thing about honing is never to the next grit till you have a burr. When restoring, be sure the back of the chisel or plane iron is flat before proceeding on the bevel.

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