How do I Sharpen Router Plane Iron?

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Forum topic by Hawgnutz posted 09-21-2008 07:16 PM 5610 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2008 07:16 PM

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I recently got a full-sized router plane (Stanley #71) and ordered the pint-sized version from Lee Valley. The problem I face is sharpening them. With the short reach and the mounting bar at 90 degrees from the cutting edge, I cannot use my regular honing guide, so I am left to the vagaries and unpredictability of free-hand sharpening. Anyone have any insight on how to fabriacate a jig to do this?

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#1 posted 09-21-2008 10:17 PM

I freehand too. Good to see you again Hawg…

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#2 posted 09-26-2008 07:21 AM

Hey….I enjoyed your answers for hawg ,on this same topic…..does anyone know where to purchase irons for a #71 ?

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#3 posted 09-26-2008 05:27 PM

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#4 posted 09-26-2008 06:33 PM

You can also use the irons from the Lee Valley router plane. I just got a 1/4” for my #71. Free shipping last week really helped.,41182&p=52609


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#5 posted 09-26-2008 07:18 PM

I would recommend that you first create a shallow hollow grind using a DRemel or sandpaper around a dowel…

This will make it a relatively easy task to hone a microbevel on the face of the bevel. I do not recommend trying to hone full flat face – you will just round it.

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