Murphy and I have been rehabbing planes and now attempting to sharpen the plane blades.
Watched Stumpy Nubbs video on Scarey Sharp. Good basic stuff but no advice when Murphy decides to get involved. LOL! I’ve checked out Paul Sellers and his YouTube videos on sharpening. I Have a Work sharp. Had it since they first came out. almost wore it out sharpening chisels for two days!
One of the planes I’ve been rehabbing is my dad’s old number six. And the width of the blade is 2.5 inches. The WorkSharp only goes to 2 inches!
Set up the “Scary sharp” method to get the #6 blade together. The edge was seriously out of true. Watched Paul Use sandpaper and plate glass and some of it was Emory paper. Used spray adhesive and mounted different grits and types of sandpaper. Went from 60 grit to 600 on some Emory. About 2 hours later I was not happy and quit as Murphy was in charge.
The following day I set up my Porter Cable 8 inch grinder. Followed YouTube recommendations as well as a good PDF on balancing the wheels from Google search. Even took off the Chinese wheels that came with it and put on a Norton Stone. The grinder and the wheel were in the box from the previous October. Shims didn’t work. I ground down the washers ment to hold the wheels per a suggestion that made sense. Ended up having one of the Chinese wheels being the most stable. and shimmed the Norton Stone the best I could.
Got a Grizzly Protractor from Santa. Extremely helpful in trying to come up with 25 degrees for the plane blades. I sharpened them free hand with the Chinese stone. Angle good! but not exactly square? Damn you Murphy!
I’m getting there. I’m better with the Porter Cable grinder than with the Scarey sharp using my honing guide. Even made a stop block so it would go smoothly….LOL!
I’ve watched Paul Sellers and I’m not a guy with 50 years experience from apprentice to master woodworker, but I’m inching forward..
Any suggestions and comments are welcome!
Happy New Year!
Me and Murphy
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