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Dan

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1320 days ago

I recently learned how to properly hone my bevel down plane irons. I know there are many methods to this and I spent some time reading about many of them and I think I am at a point where I understand and am comfortable honing the bevel down planes.

However, I was wondering if there was a different method I should use for my bevel up plane irons. These would be for my block planes. With my bevel down planes I will add a secondary bevel and then a third micro bevel and then hone the burr off the back. With the block plane blades should I do those the same way or should I be doing something different because of it being bevel up?

I know there may be many different opinions on it. I am just curious what others do.

Thanks

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"


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Div

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#1 posted 1320 days ago

For me, bevel up or bevel down, sharpening remains the same: grind primary bevel, hone secondary bevel, followed by stropping.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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TheDane

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#2 posted 1319 days ago

Make sure you polish the back of the blade first, then take care of the bevel … same as with bevel-down blades.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 1319 days ago

thank´s for the question Dan
allso a thing I have to know about in the near future

Dennis

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Adam

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#4 posted 1319 days ago

One thing to keep in mind is the angle of attack. if you have a low angle block plane with 12 degree bed angle and a blade that is sharpened at 25 degrees to make a combined angle of attack of 37 degrees. If you are adding secondary and micro bevels of lets say a total of 5 degrees you would be changing the angle of attack to 42 degrees. That is the beauty for bevel up planes like the ones offered by Lie-Nielesn and Veritas, it is easy to change (increase and decrease) the angle of attack.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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dbray45

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#5 posted 1319 days ago

The web site is http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=52414&cat=1,41182,52515
Scroll down to “A. Veritas® Bevel-Up Jointer Plane, A2 $275.00”
Select the link for “Inst”

Gives you a nice instruction for sharpening and honing

This works for any bevel up plane

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1319 days ago

thank´s for the tip David

Dennis

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