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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 01-27-2016 12:55 PM 824 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2016 12:55 PM

Router plane blade?

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#1 posted 01-27-2016 01:04 PM

Upside down and side to side. Like a dis:

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 01-27-2016 01:10 PM

I have the 1/2” wide blades from Lee Valley, and use the sharpening jig they have. These are 2 piece blades. I tried sharpening the I piece blades that came with my Stanley 71, and never could get them very sharp or accurate. A jig could be made patterned after the LV. For 1 pc blades, try the small diamond pads like the DMT mini hones for the bevel. The pictured method works, just not that well for me. Might have been that I had some chips in the old blades that required grinding vs honing.

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#3 posted 01-27-2016 01:23 PM

^ Like stef shows. Remove the burr with a little action on the bottoms, Bob’s Your Uncle.

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 01:46 PM

Just like a plane iron.

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#5 posted 01-27-2016 02:05 PM

Like stef pictured and then every once in a while, will set a couple blocks on either side of the finest stone to square up the bottom side of the cutter. (I have an awful time keeping the cutter square when sharpening, especially the 1/4in one)

The blocks need to be the exact same height and a bit taller than the stone, then just extend the cutter ‘til it just touches the stone and pull a few strokes. Leaves a small back bevel, but ensures that you will get a flat cut.

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#6 posted 01-28-2016 04:17 PM

Same experience as JayT. Very cumbersome holding blade for my stumpy fingers.

Gonna try the sled technique and do primary sharpening on bottom as JayT describes and just basically only remove burr from upper side.

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

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