Sharpening a #8 plane iron

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Forum topic by mandatory66 posted 05-30-2016 02:19 AM 1073 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2016 02:19 AM

I am thinking about buying a #8 plane but am having some questions about how to sharpen a 2 5/8 inch plane iron. I use a jig for sharpening and am not good with a freehand style. The stones I have are only 2 1/2 inches wide and I am not sure a 2 5/8 inch iron will fit in my Veritas jig. Wondering how everyone sharpens these wide irons,other than free hand.

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#1 posted 05-30-2016 02:30 AM

Make your own i would say if it doesn’t fit in your guide.

The edges need to be relieved anyway or you will leave tracks. 2-1/2” should be good enough.

Edit: pretty much be beveling both cutting edges of the iron so it doesn’t dig in. The edge will look something like this but not as exaggerated.


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#2 posted 05-30-2016 02:56 AM

I freehand mine. It’s not so bad after a bit of practice. It definitely helps if you skew the iron 45 deg to the stone and direction of sharpening.

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#3 posted 05-30-2016 03:14 AM

Wet and dry sand paper on a piece of granite.

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#4 posted 05-30-2016 12:28 PM

Have you measured the jig? Looked at the jig manual for Veritas? If it won’t fit, get a #7 provided 2-3/8” fits. Here's the shop made jigs I use if you’re inclined to go that way. They allow the iron to be skewed on the stone.

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#5 posted 05-30-2016 03:10 PM

I sharpened my #8 type 17 blade with the Veritas jig. I’ve also used it with my 4 1/2’s, and 7’s. No Problem.

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#6 posted 05-31-2016 03:59 PM

Yeah, I’ve done dozens of irons from 8’s in the MK II with no problem. Since you’re stones aren’t wide enough, I’d second the idea of the sandpaper on glass/granite/tablesaw/whatever.

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#7 posted 05-31-2016 09:00 PM

-1 on grinding blade to match a stone

+1 for sandpaper w/jig

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#8 posted 05-31-2016 10:19 PM

The Veritas mk ii guide will fit blades up to 2 7/8” wide:

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