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The__Dude

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02-04-2016 01:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane iron sharp angle

I have my self setup to sharpen these items.
But I have some that have been used and abused.
They need to be completely reground from scratch.

I do not own a bench grinder anymore, and I don’t think the cost and storage space justify a one time fix on my irons.

Anyone offer this type of service?

I would then do the routine sharpening on my own.
I have stones and such.


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lepelerin

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 03:15 PM

Might be useful to specify where you are.
To answer your question I would say any sharpening shops should be able to do it.

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WoodNSawdust

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 03:21 PM

I noticed that the local Woodcraft store flyer offered sharpening services. They should be able to grind your iron. I don’t know if you have one locally.

If you can’t find anyone locally PM me with info on what you have and I will see what I can do for you.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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bandit571

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 03:46 PM

I do have a standing offer here:

Postage both ways. I will rehab and tune up any handplane. I seem to be able to “rescue” plane irons, and chisels.

I will also re-use the box they were shipped in, to send them back. I will use the Return Postage label that was inside the mailing box, to ship it back. All one has to pay for this is the postage both ways, nothing else.

Would need to know the bevel angles YOU want. Otherwise, plane irons to 25 degrees, chisels can be either 25 to 30 degrees. Backs will be flattened, and polished.

PM if interested..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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The__Dude

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 06:10 AM

I am in South Carolina.
And there is a Woodcraft close.

I will try there.

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rick1955

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 08:19 AM

Woodcraft sends them out for sharpening. Google sharpening services and you find them. Most likely where Woodcraft sends them to. I’m sure there’s some near you.

http://www.manta.com/mb_45_B32BB1RX_41/knife_saw_and_tool_sharpening_and_repair/south_carolina

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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Don W

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 12:19 PM

Unless you’re going to send them to Bandit and have him do them for free, buy the time you pay shipping and the cost of sharpening you can have a grinder. A little extra gets you a decent wheel.

I can’t imagine my shop without a grinder even if I didn’t rehab another plane. I’ve had a grinder long before I started down the vintage tool rehab road.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 01:05 PM

Bandit’s offer is very generous, and he is a wiz with hand planes.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Miataguy

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#8 posted 02-08-2016 07:02 PM



Bandit s offer is very generous, and he is a wiz with hand planes.

- Fred Hargis

I have a couple that are users in my shop…yes he is a wizard.

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The__Dude

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#9 posted 03-22-2016 02:41 AM

I broke down and bout a cheap grinder.
Then I bought the Veratis Grinding tool and jig.

I still cannot get a square blade.

I can get them real sharp, but the only useable area is the center.
The center has a crown in it.

I am about ready to throw in the towel!

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ShipWreck

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#10 posted 03-22-2016 08:10 AM


I broke down and bout a cheap grinder.
Then I bought the Veratis Grinding tool and jig.

I still cannot get a square blade.

I can get them real sharp, but the only useable area is the center.
The center has a crown in it.

I am about ready to throw in the towel!

- The__Dude

Sharpening might be a little frustration at first, but if you stick with it, it’ll come to you. I started out with the Veritas jig myself and usually ended up with very nice results. I eventually ended up doing all my sharpening by hand because it is much faster once you get the feel for it. I don’t know why people shy away from hand sharpening.

I lost power at the house for a couple days about a year ago while right in the middle of restoring a couple chisels and planes. Believe it or not, I ended up roughing in the chisels and plane blades on a CMU block. It was surprising fast also. I checked the block for flatness by using my machinist straight edge, and went to work. I had (2) chisels and (2) plane blades ground in about 20 minutes.

I have also tried the upside down belt sander technique about 10-11 times with 320 grit. It also worked very well.

My best friend is my small Groz Square. I use it every time I set out to grind (reference – squareness)

Get a couple old beater chisels and a plane blade and keep trying. If you screw them up at first, just chuckle and keep on practicing. It will come to you…...believe me!

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Derek Cohen

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#11 posted 03-22-2016 12:30 PM

Grinding a curved edge says you are not working a straight line (obviously). Score a line across the bevel and first grind the edge flat and square. Now grind the bevel, BUT DO NOT GO OVER THE EDGE. Hone a secondary bevel with a guide.

Go and watch some videos of grinding on Youtube of Rob Cosman, Garrett Hack or other “names”.

It takes a little time to learn to do this. Do not be discouraged.

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com

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rwe2156

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#12 posted 03-22-2016 02:54 PM

Any sharpening service can do it just look for one in your area.

If you can locate one, find a ww’ing shop they will tell you where they send their blades out.

Or if there is a local LJ he might offer to do it for you.

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

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MrRon

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#13 posted 03-22-2016 03:22 PM

Find a local machine shop that has a surface grinder. It would be a quick and easy job for them. Using a surface grinder is the ONLY way to get a perfectly ground edge. If you know someone who works in a machine shop, all the better (free?).

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ShipWreck

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#14 posted 03-22-2016 04:34 PM


Find a local machine shop that has a surface grinder. It would be a quick and easy job for them. Using a surface grinder is the ONLY way to get a perfectly ground edge. If you know someone who works in a machine shop, all the better (free?).

- MrRon

The edge is what we maintain after the initial bevel is created. There are many ways to make a perfect initial bevel that do not require surface planers or grinders. I dinged up the Irwin beater 3/4” chisel over the weekend and brought back a perfectly squared 25 degree bevel with a Veritas Honing Guide and a concrete block this morning after I replied to The__Dude’s post. I have it up to 1000 grit right now and ready to put it to my stones.

10 minutes work.

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The__Dude

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#15 posted 03-26-2016 01:01 PM

I used my square and marked a square line on the blade.
I then just round the face of the blade to the line.
Then I cut my 25degree bevel.

Now they are much better.

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