I read about scary sharp while thinking about hand tools last winter. I then proceeded to purchase a couple old Stanley Baily planes.
The blades on those planes where in OK shape and trued up fairly quickly all things considered. My next plane to fuss with was a Craftsman Rabbet plane. This is from the 50’s, however it came “NIB” so while it needed some work it didn’t take much compared to a much used and abused plane from 10 years before that.
So now I’m feeling good and I end up purchasing a Jointer. Ohio Tool Company #7, this is a massive piece of metal in moderately OK condition for the age and the low price makes up for what does need to be done to it. It has a nice thick iron and I’m feeling good.
I chuck it up in the Veritas honing jig and start to dial it into 30 degrees. WHOA! Hold on here what angle is the blade at now? 20 Degrees? Was this solely used on Pine in a former life?
Thats a lot of metal to remove to get it into the 30 degree range. I’ve had good luck with 30 degrees on my smoothing planes and pretty much standardized on it.
Any comments on the best way to go about it? I’ve only ever used 60 grit to “grind” the iron into a set angle however never this much metal. I went to town with 60 grit and it seems like I only scratched the surface. I’m a bit paranoid about trying the bench grinder or any high speed method.