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#1 posted 04-27-2012 12:51 PM

Peter – It is better to ask questions and get real answers than take 5 years to figure it out.

Smoothing planes, like Don said, give you a finished surface, sandpaper finishes are not smooth until you get down to 600 grit and then you start to burnish the wood (then you burn it) if you are using a power tool.

Once you sharpen the the blade, to set it, set the plane on a flat piece of plywood, slide a regular piece of paper under the front of the plane, put the blade in and set the wedge. If this is too much of a cut – which probably is, gently tap the back or heel of the plane to back the blade, tap the front to make the cut a little more aggressive. I always put a piece of scrap against the back of the plane so the hammer or mallet doesn’t mess up the plane.

I also gently round the corners of the blade so the corners don’t catch the wood.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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