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Posted on Making Hand planes- what type of steel too use for sides and soles??

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William Shelley

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#1 posted 12-28-2018 09:44 AM

As MrRon mentions, a surface grinder is needed to get the bottom really flat. And, if you check around on Craigslist and Ebay, you might be able to find a small 6×12 or 6×18 surface grinder for a very reasonable amount of money, like $400-600. Keep in mind that they can also be used with different jigs for all sorts of sharpening and grinding operations. If you want to get into making hand planes, it might be a really good investment.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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