Bailey #4 plane blade . Square or Round corners?

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Forum topic by Kay Preston posted 04-28-2015 08:11 AM 1665 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kay Preston

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04-28-2015 08:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer

Hi all.
Again this is for my Swazi neighbour.
On my post I showed his planer hack.
We were chatting and I was showing him on my mobile the LJ site.
He was literally transfixed. You must remember this guy has had no formal training.
None. All self taught. And unexposed to trends and proper tool procedures.
One thing he has got right is the sharpening of the blade. But reading through LJ the proper angle is 30° ish. So I gave my son’s old geometry set squares and protractor
and with the mobile attempted to lead the blind being blind myself. In doing so we learn.
He asked about the rounding of the blade corners. Not having a square edge.
When he planes bigger pieces of wood it gouges. So softening the corners (got the lingo)
makes the difference.
I’ve looked and searched but no place I can go directly. I pay for expensive data and to roam
and surf is hurting. So I can’t sift and analyse like I should.
must a bailey iron (✅lingo) have a bevel round corner? And if so, how do you get it?
Links would be appreciated.
With kindness.

-- One day.....oh boy!!! One day..... I'll be half as good ..

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 04-28-2015 10:46 AM

I just lift the blade on one side or the other toward the end of sharpening. Not exactly a round corner, more of just eased very slightly. You are only removing very thin slivers with the plane so it really doesn’t take much to knock the corners back on the iron enough to not leave those marks. That said: there are several dozen way to do this, and you will have plenty of replies to choose from.

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#2 posted 04-28-2015 12:06 PM

It comes down to personal preference. I press harder on each corner of the blade to create a subtle taper to reduce the chances of leaving those sharp square plane tracks. Read the section about cambering; Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 04-28-2015 01:48 PM

Usually, the only time mine leave marks like that, the iron had shifted to one side or the other. If the sole is flat, and the edge is straight….Shouldn’t be digging in at a corner. BARELY ease each corner. Just little will do.

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#4 posted 04-28-2015 02:45 PM

As others have said for the smoothing plane I’d just put a little more pressure on the outside corners while honing.

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Kay Preston

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#5 posted 04-28-2015 07:30 PM

Great info. Thanks guys I’ll pass this info on.
You’ve been so kind to share.
I have almost an obligation to help guide him in achieving some sort of knowledge.
What a wonderful time we live in with the interweb.

-- One day.....oh boy!!! One day..... I'll be half as good ..

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#6 posted 04-28-2015 11:36 PM

I do as others have mentioned. I sharpen with sandpaper to put the final slight camber on my blade. Start with pressure on one side and during the stroke transfer pressure to the other side. Start the second pass and start pressure on the opposite corner from the first and do the same, doesn’t take many passes and your done. When you get it down right you end up with a wavy X pattern left on the sand paper.

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#7 posted 04-29-2015 02:08 AM

Here is my sharpening method, including what to do about the corners.

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