Reply by mot

  • Advertise with us

Posted on Stanley #4 plane blade help

View mot's profile


4911 posts in 4060 days

#1 posted 05-31-2007 06:44 AM

Well, correct blade bevel angle is a bit of a tough one with a #4. In a bench plane like this the bevel is down so the bevel angle has no bearing on the cutting angle. The iron angle is 45 degrees with that plane. So, I tend to use a 30 degree bevel with about a 3-5 degree microbevel to make honing easier and faster. The cool thing about a 45 degree blade angle is that you can incorporate back bevels into the iron to gain steeper cuts for different planing situations. As I don’t particularly have a great understanding of those situations, I go with the 30 degree primary with a microbevel as stated for honing ease. I believe that, based on what I’ve read, that 10 degree of relief is pretty much a general purpose angle. Now, my answer is based on things I’ve read and I make no claims to be a hand plan officianado. I use them with delite, but with a healthy dose of awe and wonder. I sharpen everything with jigs in order to maintain the bevel that I’m familiar with.

I hope that helps a bit. I’d wait for Wayne to chime in here though!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics