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Forum topic by mlipps posted 07-13-2016 09:54 PM 716 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2016 09:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: low angle block plane la la block plane labp low angle block plane lie nielsen ln block plane hand tools hand planes

Hi All,

I just got a brand new LA block plane from LN. It looks and feel amazing. I wanted to know do you generally flatten the back and hone the edge on a new plane from such a reputable dealer?

Also, thoughts on putting a micro-bevel on it?


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#1 posted 07-13-2016 09:57 PM

It should come very flat, I doubt you need to lap it. But I’ve never had a plane blade actually come sharp enough from LN or LV, so I give them a secondary bevel honing on my finest waterstone, then a few strokes on the back to remove any small burr.

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#2 posted 07-13-2016 10:00 PM

So with a LABP set at 37 degrees (blade at 25) what angle micro-bevel would you add?

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#3 posted 07-13-2016 10:19 PM

It’s not completely necessary to lap the back but to do so is a only a couple minute job. It took me about 15 secs to lap the back of an iron from a LN 4-1/2

Me, I’d avoid putting a microbevel on a LA plane. Kinda defeats the purpose of it being a LA but to each his own.

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#4 posted 07-14-2016 12:44 AM

just got shapton 1, 4, and 8k stones with the mkII guide. i put the microbevel on it which is 1 to 2 degrees so not a significant difference in performance but a huge difference in expediency of touch ups. I did notice that the 25 degrees on the mkII was different than what came from the factory. So I had to completely redo the primary bevel. Now it cuts walnut endgrain with little effort (I think – not sure what constitutes little effort for a plane. I have limited experience with hand tools. That said it does shave hairs effortlessly.) Does that sound about right? Anyone else have to resurface their LABP blade fresh from LN?

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#5 posted 07-14-2016 03:42 AM

I’m sure your Mk 2 is off.
It’s been a while since bought blades for my block planes.But I do remember working the bevel a bit on my polishing stone.
I don’t expect a blade that works for me out of the box but it’s darn close.

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#6 posted 07-14-2016 12:24 PM

Should be flat and ready to use out of the box.

You can polish the back if you want.
If you want to touch up the edge, with any LN blades you can go straight to 4K/8K and a strop.

I usually do a micro bevel because it makes sharpening quicker for me.
I don’t think it changes the pitch enough to matter.

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