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#1 posted 03-21-2018 01:30 PM

Daniel, You will learn that sharpening is like BBQ’ing. It can all come out OK but lots of different ways to get there.

IMO – the 1000/6000 stone is ok. After you get your feet wet, you may want to a higher grit, like 8 or 10K. Personally I go to 8000 followed with a few strokes on a leather strop.

You will also want a coarser stone for a couple reasons: first, for those times when you forget and go way past when you should have rehoned (happens all the time esp a newbie), second for flattening the backs of chisels and irons.

A new plane always needs to be “commissioned” as some say. This involves a thorough cleaning with a solvent like laquer thinner. Take the frog off and clean everything thoroughly. I also take all the screws out (including the totes), clean & coat with oil.

Storing your plane is also important. Keep it out of a humid environment or it will rust. Coat with Jatoba oil after every use. Every few months (even if not used) take the blade assembly apart, remove the frog, clean & oil.

Before you hone it you need to flatten the back of the iron. My experience with the WR’s is pretty good, but every one so far has required some work to get the back flat (some a little, some a lot). Start with a coarse stone and work up to a polish. Lots of videos on how to do this. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just flat all the way across the cutting edge. Be sure you’re stone is dead flat.

You will also have to address the corners of the iron. This is true of every plane. This reduces the tendency to leave tracks when planing face grain. Two ways to do this: camber & round off edges. Cambering a blade comes with little twist to the honing. I prefer to ease the corners on the longer planes like 6, 7, 8 because I want a flat iron for jointing.

You will have to decide whether to use a jig or freehand. I recommend learning freehand. Also, use a secondary bevel. Again, lots of videos on this.

Learning to read the grain will become second nature the more you use a hand plane. It gets a little tricky sometimes because the grain can switch and swirl especially around knots, certain species of wood, and the way the board is sawn.

Get some paraffin wax and keep a cube handy to dress up the sole ;-)

Hope this helps Good luck!

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