So had the day off today and thought I would take the time and try out the glass and wet/dry sharpening system that I got to attempt to sharpen my new and old planes.
Set up and went with coarse 220 to 600 grit and then went to fine grits 1000,1200,1500. I have 2000 but did not try that yet.
I should back up and say that I am going to have to read more about bench planes and their adjustments, as I have very little experience with them.
I did manage to take them apart and put them back together correctly I think. Sharpened my little Stanley block plane that is a bevel up, my old Stanley #4 plane, and my new Woodriver #6 plane.
All in all I think my pocket knife may be sharper after this first attempt. At least my pocket knife will really take the hairs off your arm, where my plane blades took a little but I definitely do not have the method and technique down yet.
Practice practice. I did try the planes out on the edge of a 5/4 ash board. At least I learned a little how to set the blade and get some fine shavings, but it took some effort to push the plane down the board.
Once I can get the plane blades closer to what people refer to as scary sharp, then maybe I will feel more comfortable with hand planing.
I haven’t ever really needed much in a hand plane, but then I have always done more DIY home projects that were more carpentry than fine wworking. I better look out this dabbling could lead me into trying to do something that involves skill levels above my normal butchery of lumber.