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TravisH

206 posts in 518 days


#1 posted 509 days ago

Definitely excessive for most tasks but if my shavings were like that I would have a shop floor full of them. If I had to err I would prefer to err on the wispy toilet paper shaving side. While definitely sharper than needed many are so often to take “close enough” as an acceptable standard when doing things. Few things I built over the years that I look at and shake my head in shame.

I am a fairly new woodworker, with respect to many, and was amazed between my “sharp” planes and chisels before and after a project last year. In the past I used a some bargain stones and Smith’s diamond sharpener, a few passes and I was good (so I thought).

I purchased Hock’s book and bought a few kits to put together. I had some various sand paper in the shop and plate glass and grabbed a piece of 3 micron paper from work along with some 0.5 micron alumina slurry to play with. Once I placed the iron and set the wedge I made a few passes on some cherry. Within seconds the sound and sight of the thin lustrous shavings, dancing off the iron, were a clear indicator I was using a rasp in my other planes. I went to work sharpening all my “sharp” blades later that week. In the market for some nice stones and need to work on technique still but dont’ think I will have tools again to use.

After seeing that planning competition I really would like to make a pass or two with one of those planes but fear I might end up spending time meditating in a garden somewhere or contemplating the ripples from the stone thrown into a pond.


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