Premise: In the last few months, I had picked up a Woodriver low angle block plane and 2 made in America bench planes (a Stanley #4, and a Sargent #5 equivalent). Despite the acquisitions, I have been putting off the honing of the blades out of procrastination for some time now. This was mainly due to the knowledge that the 2 antique plane irons needed some serious work. After seeing this month’s Woodcraft sale on DMT Dia-Sharp diamond plates, I decided to bite the bullet and go pick up 2 of them to augment my King waterstones.
On a whim, I decided to take my daughter with me to Woodcraft yesterday to get the waterstones. When we got there, she made her usual bee line to the rocking horse display while I spoke with an employee about getting the diamond plates I wanted. When we got back, my daughter was excitedly talking about how she found the hand planes (the Woodriver hand plane display). She was gearing up to show me when (with a low angle block plane) we were told that store policy does not allow for children (especially 4 year olds) to demo the sharp objects. To my surprise, my daughter reacted with the most heart broken stream of crocodile tears. The words that broke her silence…”the man won’t let me hand plane!” One on side, I was sad to see my daughter cry (ice cream fixed that problem). On the other, I’m happy to see that my daughter is progressing nicely in her woodworking journey.
In the end, I went home (after an unplanned ice cream treat) with 2 new diamond plates. I got to work on the plane irons. The x-coarse plate worked well to flatten the plane iron backs and re-establish the bevels (I don’t have a grinder). I now have my 3 hand planes in working order. I also let my daughter have a turn gliding my block plane over a piece of wood a few times this morning. I now have a jealous son (2 year old) who wasn’t happy he didn’t get a turn…queue the crocodile tears (again).