couldn't get a wire edge on plane blade last night

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Forum topic by juicegoose posted 07-15-2010 02:41 PM 908 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2010 02:41 PM

So I haven’t truly tuned up my low angle lee neilson block plane since buying it. Last night i went about the process of at least giving the blade a good sharpening. My process was as follows

First flatten the back with a diamond stone then the bevel on the same diamond stone. (It pains me to say but yes the blade wasn’t completly flat at the tip but the diamond stone fixed it)

Then onto 800 grit wet stone until i had a even semi polished line at the tip (viewed from back)
800 grit for the bevel as well.

I then turned to my 1000 grit wet stone and was able to get a nice high gloss mirror shine on the both back and bevel.

This is where the good stops. I wasn’t able to ever get the plane iron to turn a wire edge. The blade got sharp enough to shave a spot on my monkey leg but no wire edge.

Can anyone tell me what I might be not doing or doing wrong?

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#1 posted 07-15-2010 03:32 PM

Maybe you’re doing everything right. If it’s sharp, flat, square, and true, just strop off the edge.

I have two Stanley low angle planes, one block and one adjustable throat, and they are very useful tools. I like the adjustable throat one better. Once I get to a stropped 1000 grit I figure it’s sharp enough, cause at a certain point they just get dull faster.

-- vicrider

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#2 posted 07-15-2010 05:55 PM

hmm good advice VicRider. When it doubt use it as is (heheh).

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