LumberJocks

The easy setting of plane blade depth after sharpening

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Planeman40 posted 02-18-2017 02:12 PM 409 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Planeman40's profile

Planeman40

1036 posts in 2601 days


02-18-2017 02:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip plane sharpening

I finished up sharpening all of my hand wood planes last night to a razor edge, the test on each one being to shave the hair off my forearm with ease. While putting the blades back in and setting them to take off a paper thin shaving I thought I might pass along one of the many “tricks” I have accumulated over 60 years of woodworking.

To easily set a plane blade for a paper thin shaving without all of the fiddling, simply take another plane, turn it upside down, and use the flat steel sole for your blade setup (any flat ground surface will work). Take the plane to be reassembled and set it on top of the upside down plane’s sole. Then insert the newly sharpened blade into the to-be assembled plane and let the sharp edge rest on the steel sole of the upside down plane. Now tighten the blade down moderately finger tight. Test the cut on a piece of wood. You usually get a very thin shaving this way and the blade will be absolutely square and not canted. If you want a deeper cut, just LIGHTLY tap the back of the blade with a very small hammer. Finish by doing a final tightening of the blade.

Despite doing this on a flat steel surface, there is something about tightening the blade that extends it a hair in depth, just enough to get a paper thin shaving.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!


3 replies so far

View Ron Aylor's profile

Ron Aylor

1792 posts in 487 days


#1 posted 02-18-2017 02:21 PM

Good to know! Thanks for sharing! Now … you’ll know it’s time to resharpen when the hair grows back!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

View Aj2's profile

Aj2

1179 posts in 1638 days


#2 posted 02-18-2017 03:34 PM

Good tip planeman.I don’t think I’ve ever heard that one.
Of course I would have thought of it myself eventually maybe.:)
Aj

-- Aj

View Hazem's profile

Hazem

87 posts in 1088 days


#3 posted 02-19-2017 05:42 PM

Tanx. Good idea.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com