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#1 posted 03-21-2018 09:27 PM

Question 1

After taking the first few passes I noticed the wood I passed over was rough. Not smooth at all. I will assume that the blade needs to be further sharpened. Can someone please comment on this?

Question 2

Concerning whet stones. I purchased a 1000/6000 combo stone. When someone says I sharpened the blade to such and such grit, how does that difference in grit affect the wood being planed? Second, if I sharpen the plane iron to 6000 grit, will that do for everyday plane use? Thanks for your help.

- ShoelessJoe49

#1 – sharpen the blade. If you think the factory blade was sharp, redefine your expectation of sharp. As others said flip the wood around. There are a lot of charts showing how to read the grain.

#2 – Its really more of a question of edge life vs effect on the wood. A blade sharpened with the 1000 gr will work fine for a short time, but the edge will begin to fracture and break down more quickly vs if honed with the 6000gr. One thing to note is not all mfr grit callouts are the same, oil stones vs waterstones vs film or sandpaper. It’s all very confusing. Ron Hock of Hock tools recommends at least a 5 um maximum grit size for any type work. Personally I go to 0.3um for smoothing irons, and don’t use strops, and I’m in the minority.

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