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Forum topic by Robertd posted 09-19-2015 03:29 PM 1120 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2015 03:29 PM

I have been woodworking for years on and off. I have always been intimidated by wood planes . Well this past year I purchased a Worksharp 3000. With this addition I decided to learn more about them and to start using them. The internet is a great place when you want to learn about something you know little about. So I have been practicing my skills of using and tuning planes. I now have 8 planes with the newest, two block planes. I had the opportunity to use my smoothing plane last week on a table I am making. It is gratifying watching the ribbons of wood peeling off. Not knowing much about planes I found a web site that helped me sort out what to buy and avoid when buying Stanley planes. Because of a limited budget it helped me when buying used planes on E Bay. This is the link to that Site if anyone wants more information on Stanley planes.

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#1 posted 09-24-2015 01:23 PM

Sharpening is an ever-improving skill, for sure. And I find myself tweaking my process all the time. I, too have a WS 3000 and I do like it. There are many ways to sharpen of course. My “complaint” with the WS is that it’s incompatible with my manual stone steps unless I use it only for the regrinding the primary. In other words, it’s the WS down to (can’t remember the finest grit) OR my hand jig down to 16k, which of course, is sexy. There’s simply no way to to use the WS on the micro and then to transition to the stone, matching the exact angle.

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#2 posted 09-24-2015 02:34 PM

I’d like to hear what 8 planes you have and in what progression you got them. Was it a planned progression, or did you buy the next great deal?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 08:07 PM

First I need to learn to count. I have seven planes. My first is a Stanley No. 4 Tradesman I bought years ago. I knew absolutely nothing about planes then. Did not use it very much,but now I have working like a champ. My next plane wa a Stanley no. 93 shoulder plane. I have used it some to clean up tenons. Then when my father passed he left me a Stanley Baily no. 4 and no.5. Then I bought a Stanley no. 81 veneer scraper plane. Still have not mastered it. Some people say put a burr on the edge and some say you don’t have to. I just need to get a good burring steel. I was told a a car push rod works well for that. Need to try it and see. My next purchase was a Stanley 9 1/2 block plane and my last purchase is a Stanley no. 60 1/2 low angle block plane. My next purchase will be a no.6 or 7 jointer plane. The link I posted about helped me a lot when came to know what to buy and what to avoid.

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 08:49 PM

Thanks for the link. I need to bone up on the different types of planes and their uses.

In actuality, I could use one to clean up rabbets and dadoes. Some times the dadoes just aren’t quiet right. Same goes for tenons. If I could shave off just a tad, i would get a good fit.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 09-26-2015 12:46 AM

I never used planes until recently. I bought a small block plane. Sat on the shelf for a long time then one day I needed to shave off just a little to get a smooth alignment. Gave it a try and was thrilled with the results. I find myself using it more and more to the point I am now wanting more. It has really became a “go to” tool.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 09-26-2015 12:56 AM

The most important factor is having a truly sharp blade. Without a sharp blade you will have a terrible experience every time you attempt to learn to use the plane and eventually stop trying. I only recently added a decent block plane to my set and love it. Wonder how I lived without it.

One a recent project I wasn’t paying attention and glued up a panel with the grain running in opposite directions. This prevented me from planing it down because I’d always be going against the grain on one side of the joint. I had some success skewing it, coming at it cross-grain, but hopefully I’ll pay better attention on future projects.

I have a couple of really sexy planes, including a LN low angle jack and a Veritas PM-V11 shoulder plane that in my opinion is just gorgeous and a pleasure to use.

There’s a guy local to me with a Bedrock that I feel like I should grab because they’re so darned rare…

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#7 posted 09-26-2015 03:36 AM

Bob I started out with a Stanley #4 I got off EBAY. I cleaned it up and started researching planes. I read and watched everything I could find. That was 2 years ago. I found myself addicted and now have over 2 dozen.
I’ve stuck with wet/dry sand paper and granite countertop pieces for sharpening. Right now I’ve got over a dozen sitting on my bench wait for some attention. Sometime in the near future I have plans to build a really nice till for all of them. Difficult as it may be I’ve swore off shopping for any new planes until I clean up what I have now.
Where will it end who knows. Enjoy the addiction!

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 10:30 AM

After I developed some hand sharpening skills, I realized this is the way to go.
The WS is great for re-establishing a bevel, etc, but I highly recommend just trying some freehand sharpening and see if its for you.

It gets me back to work much more quickly than using jigs.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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