So my one break today from taking a final to working on a portfolio, I went up to my local Woodcraft (yes, I’m lucky to live in the same city as an actual store!). I was going to see if they could give me any advice or sway me on how to sharpen the plane blades. Lo and behold, Rob Cosman was giving a class on refurbishing old planes today – unfortunately – I had to take a final at the same time the class was going on, and I couldn’t afford to give it the five hours of my attention. I was highly bummed.
Anyway, I spoke with a few of the gentleman manning the store, and picked up a honing guide. Was shown on their stone display just how badly the back of the blade was, but wasn’t encouraged to just buy a new blade. I picked up a honing guide and thanked them for the review. On my way home, I stopped at NAPA and picked up 320,400,and 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper to give this a whirl. The attached pics are with just the 320 grit, some water, a tempered piece of glass, and about an hour of my time. I thought it would take longer, but at least this is a start. I still need to figure out the best/quickest way to get the wooden sole flattened. The gentlemen at the store recommended flattening it, but I’ve already laid a level on it and it’s flat without any concave spots, so I’m kind of scratching my head on that one…specially since I don’t own a belt sander that would take off those layers quickly. Feel free to comment – I’ll take any suggestions!
-- aspiring jill of all trades