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#1 posted 07-24-2014 10:41 PM

The guys above hit the nail on the head. But for sure you need to start at a lower grit.

Cheap plane blades are typically a HUGE pain to flatten the backs of. As in 2 or 3 hours with 100 grit. I might be out of line here, but my experience has been that more expensive blades such as IBC pinnacle, Lie Nielsen, and Hock all are very close to flat and don’t take long to flatten the backs of, so you could consider that, but it sounds like you are just getting into this and may not want to dish out all that cash. You could also try the ruler trick so that you don’t have to flatten acres of steel on the backside of the blade.

Now I will preach to you a little. The first few times I sharpened, I almost quit woodworking. It literally is a total freaking complete mystery the first month or two. Then you find your groove and figure out how to do it. From there, it should be easy. Stick with it. It is not an exaggeration when I say that it takes me less than 5% of the time to sharpen now as it used to. Literally. So don’t quit. Sharpness is as important as we all are saying.

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