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Posted on How sharp do you sharpen your handplanes?

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#1 posted 02-02-2017 09:15 PM

Paul Sellers, a very experienced woodworker, did a video where he shows the effect of sharpening to only 250 grit as he did for years, and then also for much finer grits. It appears that 250 will do for many jobs. He keeps several planes always ready, set up with different blade configurations. One thing that really eases planing, is oiling or waxing the sole of the planes.

He also posted several other videos about restoring, using, and sharpening handplanes. He’s worth watching.

As for me, I use a 8”x2-5/8” (?) medium/fine doublesided DMT Duosharp diamond stone on the DMT base. And if I need higher or lower grits, I spritz the DMT stone with Windex, lay down a strip of silicon carbide paper on it, and spritiz the paper too. The paper will stick nicely to the DMT stone using only the Windex. By the way, the DMT never needs flattening. It works for me!

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