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Posted on Restoring hand plane-1st timer w/ questions

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#1 posted 02-18-2018 06:05 PM

It’s been a while but I’m slowly moving ahead with my restoration and really the only thing I have left to do is finish sharpening the iron and cap iron, do a little buffing here and there and applying a finish to the tote and knob.

However, I am now realizing that I may have made a bit of a mistake with the sharpening stones I bought. I purchased a set of 3 arkansas stones (soft, hard, and black) and while the stones are great, the size of them is not. They are 8” long but only 2” wide. The plane iron is 2” wide so I’m either going to have to figure out some technique for my wider plane irons or start saving for some wider stones. I am using that $8 or $10 Robert Larson honing guide.

Does anyone have any experience or tips for making a 2” sharpening stone work for plane irons?

These stones are brand new as well and I’ve never used oil stones before so any tips or things I should know would also be helpful. The soft and hard stones seemed to do a good job but when I move to the black one it doesn’t seem to have much effect or even seems to be only touching on certain parts of the bevel.

The iron was much sharper and much more polished after the hard arkansas. When I took it to the black this was the result. So I am definitely doing something wrong. I have been using 3 in 1 for the oil FYI.

Should I maybe break in the stones some by sharpening some chisels? I read somewhere that brand new stones aren’t as smooth due to the way they are flattened but get smoother with use.

Any tips or advice would be great. Thanks

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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