Using a regular plane iron in a Krenov-style plane

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Forum topic by Ripthorn posted 1101 days ago 917 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Has anyone used a regular old Stanley-styled plane iron in a Krenov-style plane? I know that Hock makes some awesome irons, but before I drop the dough on one, I want to see how much I will use a wooden-bodied plane. I may make a test plane to try it out, but just curious if anyone has done the same thing and what they think of it (chipbreaker or no, wedge thickness, etc.).

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 1101 days ago

I have. A standard iron works better with a chipbreaker, but
block plane blades can be used effectively without a chipbreaker
in home-made planes provided the wedge is shaped right, which
does take a bit of practice.


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#2 posted 1101 days ago

You might also be able to find one intended for a wooden plane on ebay or at a flea market. I sometimes see them. I’ve also seen folks use old block plane blades. Using a standard blade may not give the same results as a Hock Blade or one from David Finck if your trying to get a true evaluation…

Lee Valley also sells blades,41182,43698&ap=1

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