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Forum topic by Chris_T posted 04-21-2011 02:37 AM 1178 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris_T

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04-21-2011 02:37 AM

I recently bought a Stanley #5 hand plane on Ebay. The blade has a pretty significant ding it it. I would say it is 1/16”-1/8” deep. What would be the best way to get rid of it.


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#1 posted 04-21-2011 02:41 AM

Have a bench grinder and something to keep the blade cool?

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 02:42 AM

IMO – the “best” way would be to replace it with a new Hock blade.

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 02:44 AM

Or one from Lee Valley.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=66868&cat=1,41182

BTW. I am a Hock user, these are a new offering and I have not used them. They have been reviewed on the LJ site.

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#4 posted 04-21-2011 03:32 AM

I would like to keep the original blade. I guess I’ll be grinding it.

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 04:06 PM

I had one like that. I fixed it by hand, starting with 60 grit sandpaper and working my way up. It takes a little time, or a lot of time depending on the blade, but at least I knew I wasn’t overheating the blade by using the grinder.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#6 posted 04-21-2011 05:35 PM

You might consider a ‘sharpening service’ like what you use to get your table saw blades resharpened.

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#7 posted 04-22-2011 02:55 AM

You can’t really hurt it. Just don’t overheat. Grind slow and cool it off often.

If you are not comfortable yet grinding away on a plane iron, a stock #5 blade is $15 new. I can’t see a high dollar blade for a jack. If you work with squirrelly wood a high dollar blade makes sense for a smoother. I could make a case for one in a jointer.

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 04:20 AM

Slowly grind the edge clean without overheating it by hurrying. Then hone it on a whetstone or diamond hone.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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