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#1 posted 04-18-2019 07:49 PM

If your plane is truly sharp—then I would not worry about the micro-bevel—I can’t imagine that it is really much of a factor in how well it will plane. I think the point of applying a micro-bevel is to reduce the effort to hone the blade—since you only need to hone the micro-bevel and not the entire primary bevel.

When you hone your plane iron are you getting a small burr along the entire cutting edge? Remove the burr before you change grits.

You have a 12,000 grit water stone? That must be very smooth. It seems like a big jump from 1000 to 12,000. I have an 8000 grit diamond stone that does not feel abrasive at all—it feels very smooth. I use it only to polish the back or bevel. I think 600/1000 is all you probably need to get an edge sharp enough to plane wood well.

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