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sharpening router plane blades

by marc_rosen
posted 01-23-2017 03:14 AM

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#1 posted 01-23-2017 08:05 AM

You need to sharpen the bevel. The base is just to remove the burr.

I generally sharpen free hand as I want to practise my hand skills and it is a lot faster than the machine.

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Tim Dahn

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#2 posted 01-23-2017 11:45 AM

Sharpen the bevel.

Veritas router has a blade holder available, otherwise hang the shaft over the edge of your stone to sharpen the bevel.

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#3 posted 01-23-2017 09:38 PM

I was going to start mine freehand then I thought I might make the base of the blade out of parallel with the sole of the plane after several sharpenings, so I was thinking about building a platform that fits over the stones for the plane to ride on. Am I being overly concerned about keeping the blade parallel to the sole?
- marc_rosen

Agree with the above, but I wanted to point out that you don’t actually want the base of the blade to be parallel with the sole of the plane. You actually need a bit of a relief angle or the blade won’t have the clearance it needs. I suppose it would if it were perfectly flat but that’s not realistic and it seems like the spring back of the wood would interfere with the cutting action. But you do want the business end to be flat side to side otherwise you’ll cut deeper on one side of the blade than the other.

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 03:08 AM

Hi John, Tim, and Tim,
Thanks to you all. I sharpen my chisels and plane blades on the bevel, I just thought this was different due to the way the blade is held. I can also see why I would some relief as Tim #2 typed. I think I’ll do these freehand. Thanks guys for setting me straight. Marc

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Derek Cohen

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#5 posted 01-27-2017 01:04 PM

I developed a system some years ago …

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