The easy setting of plane blade depth after sharpening

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Forum topic by Planeman40 posted 02-18-2017 02:12 PM 611 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2017 02:12 PM

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I finished up sharpening all of my hand wood planes last night to a razor edge, the test on each one being to shave the hair off my forearm with ease. While putting the blades back in and setting them to take off a paper thin shaving I thought I might pass along one of the many “tricks” I have accumulated over 60 years of woodworking.

To easily set a plane blade for a paper thin shaving without all of the fiddling, simply take another plane, turn it upside down, and use the flat steel sole for your blade setup (any flat ground surface will work). Take the plane to be reassembled and set it on top of the upside down plane’s sole. Then insert the newly sharpened blade into the to-be assembled plane and let the sharp edge rest on the steel sole of the upside down plane. Now tighten the blade down moderately finger tight. Test the cut on a piece of wood. You usually get a very thin shaving this way and the blade will be absolutely square and not canted. If you want a deeper cut, just LIGHTLY tap the back of the blade with a very small hammer. Finish by doing a final tightening of the blade.

Despite doing this on a flat steel surface, there is something about tightening the blade that extends it a hair in depth, just enough to get a paper thin shaving.

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 02:21 PM

Good to know! Thanks for sharing! Now … you’ll know it’s time to resharpen when the hair grows back!

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 03:34 PM

Good tip planeman.I don’t think I’ve ever heard that one.
Of course I would have thought of it myself eventually maybe.:)

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#3 posted 02-19-2017 05:42 PM

Tanx. Good idea.

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