|Project by KnotCurser||posted 04-25-2013 09:54 PM||5068 views||35 times favorited||6 comments|
First and foremost, my HUGE thanks goes to fellow LJ’er, WoodShaver. His plans were perfectly made and easy to follow – thanks!
I was sick and tired of throwing away 30 bucks at a time (or even more) when ever my planer blades got dull or I put just a tiny nick into one. While the blades on my 13” Rigid Planer are labeled as “Disposable” and “Non-Sharpenable” I KNEW these things could be sharpened!
Then I saw Tony’s post and I HAD to make one of these.
Mine consists of a solid, very dry piece of red oak. Following Tony’s image he posted, I was easily able to make the cuts needed – my suggestion is to cut two blanks – one tiny and one the size you need so you can practice your cuts on the tiny one first. All the cuts, btw, are done on a table saw and are very safe to make.
Then I had to tap 12 holes at 45 degree angles and thread screws to be used to secure the blades. After that it was just a quick matter of rounding over the handle part and sanding.
I used sand paper glued to glass as suggested and since my planer uses three blades, in order to get all blades even, I sharpened two complete sets at one time.
The two pieces of red oak in pic six shows the difference – the piece on the left used blades that were dulled after normal use. The one on the right was after sharpening. It barely needs sanding.
Thanks again Tony!!!!
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