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GrumpyGolfGuy

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11-30-2020 07:08 PM

With winter setting back in I’m getting back to my woodorking. Which means back to hand tools, espically hand planes and my brace and bit. Having spent quite a bit of time this summer educating myself about hand planes I learned today that I have the sharpining gage set at 20.....oops. So I spent this morning putting a new bevel on my 5 1/2 to 25. Did some planing on some maple and what a difference!! I also picked up a full bet of bits for a brace I got from my Grandfather many years ago. Wanted to give that a go. Put someoak in the vice and bored a few 1” holes. What a nice clean hole this thing makes.
A couple of things learned. Working wth hand tools is tough on my old carcass. My arms feel like they’re falling off…Hand tools are not for the faint of heart. Better than a trip to the gym!!!!And pretty darn exciting!!!
So I’m still learning how to use and maintain hand planes, but today was a great day. Still gotta work on the sharping thing…

Who knew hand tools could be this much fun!!!

Chris


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controlfreak

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#1 posted 11-30-2020 07:21 PM

I am with you on hand tools. No noise, no dust and no rotating knives that in a moment of inattention can be life changing.

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#2 posted 11-30-2020 07:28 PM

Chris – We’re glad you are rediscovering the pleasure of hand tools – and the need to ease into that pleasure. It is exciting when your hand plane tells you a 25 deg. bevel works better than 20.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#3 posted 11-30-2020 08:27 PM

In theory, a 20 degree bevel should work better, but dull faster. My guess is your sharpening skill got better. Which is a great thing. You hit a point in sharpening where tools feel like a completely different tool, even though you thought it was sharp before.

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#4 posted 11-30-2020 11:21 PM



In theory, a 20 degree bevel should work better, but dull faster. My guess is your sharpening skill got better. Which is a great thing. You hit a point in sharpening where tools feel like a completely different tool, even though you thought it was sharp before.

- SMP

I’d tend to agree with this. 20, 25, 30, sharpe is sharp. The degree change will change the strength more than the starting sharp point. 25 is considered the happy medium.

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GrumpyGolfGuy

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#5 posted 12-01-2020 11:17 PM

Well, today I finished putting back in operation a Stanley 220 I found last fall. I know my sharpening skills are improving as the 220 was a real pleasure to put to wood. Took me about an ½ an hour to renew the bevel and put an edge on it. I am beginning to understand what “sharpe” really is.

So now I have 2 planes somewhat tuned up, 3 to go.

Here’s the evidence of my fun this morning…

Chris

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#6 posted 12-02-2020 12:16 AM

It’s nice when you can just slide a plane across a piece of wood and get a nice shaving. Planes can also get real frustrating also.

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#7 posted 12-04-2020 05:50 PM

Bevel angle of a plane iron depends on plane type and use, particularly bevel up or down. For bevel down bench planes, bedded at 45 deg, a 30deg bevel is best. Proper sharpening will get the edge just as sharp as 25 and the edge will last longer. A2 steel will chip out a lot less at 30 also. Bevel up depends heavily on the application and could be anywhere between ~25 to 50 deg. Anything below 25 is just too delicate.

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