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Forum topic by Woodywazza posted 07-31-2017 12:53 PM 407 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodywazza

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07-31-2017 12:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane blade cambering

This topic has probably been done to death over the years but I would like to get some direction please. I have a number of planes, from No7 to No4 and my sharpening technique with a honing guide gives them all a straight edge. Can anyone give me some guidance on how to camber the blades using honing guides or other technique/s. Would appreciate any help thanks.

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#1 posted 07-31-2017 01:39 PM

Do everything the same, but press hard on one side for a while.

Then do everything the same, but press hard on the other side for a while.

Slow going in the beginning as you have to chew through a lot of metal, but once its got some camber its easy to keep it that way.

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#2 posted 07-31-2017 02:46 PM

Here’s another option > http://www.veritastools.com/Products/Page.aspx?p=222

I’ve also heard of people who have some success by wrapping tape around the center of a flat roller honing guide.

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#3 posted 07-31-2017 02:53 PM

It also depends on the level of camber. A scrub plane, you would more likely start with a grinder. Also a file is another option for easing corners.

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#4 posted 07-31-2017 02:57 PM

The make various jigs, but IME sharpening a cambered iron is pretty easy by hand.

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#5 posted 07-31-2017 11:47 PM

Can’t explain it better than this:

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/camber-with-a-honing-guide

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bandit571

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#6 posted 07-31-2017 11:52 PM

Use a sharpie to mark the radius of the camber you want on the back of the iron….Grind,dunk, grind, dunk until the line has been cut. Use a figure 8 pattern when using the stones, couple swipes on the back to keep it flat.

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Woodywazza

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#7 posted 08-01-2017 12:46 AM

Thank you for all the advice guys, much appreciated. This is why we sign up to sites like this – problems solved by experienced woodies worldwide instantly. ;)

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#8 posted 08-03-2017 11:02 PM

I use a slightly modified approach to Bandits technique.

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