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#1 posted 10-15-2014 11:13 PM

Typically you will chamfer the sides of the iron slightly during sharpening to prevent “tracking” which sounds like the problem you’re having. Irons should almost never be completely straight across. There is more curvature depending on how much material you’re removing. For example a progression of curvature is Scrub, Fore, Jointer, to smooth plane.

I use the Rob Cosman method of sharpening free hand. It works a lot better for me than using a honing guide. I establish a primary bevel on a coarse grit alum oxide grinder wheel. Locking my wrist in, i use ceramic stones to put a secondary/ter. bevel (1000 diamond, 4000/8000/16000 ceramic). The last step on the 16k stone is to apply slight pressure to each corner for a few seconds while moving in a circular pattern. This cuts down the corners.

Also, i’ve had some tracking issues due to little dings on the body of the plane. To address this i’m chamfer’d the edges of my sole with a file and then re-flattened on sand paper.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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