|Forum topic by LutherBaker||posted 09-08-2011 12:33 AM||2270 views||1 time favorited||6 replies|
09-08-2011 12:33 AM
I am brand new to the world of hand planing but really want to get good at it – so I invested in a small set of planes from Veritas. I picked up a bevel up jointer plane, a smoothing plane and a block plane.
This past weekend I glued some maple boards (4/4) together. I ran them through a powered planer to “rough” plane them to approximately the same thickness. I then used biscuits and clamped pieces together to create a few boards about 17” deep and ranging from 19” to 36” wide.
I pulled out the jointer plane and tried a few passes over the glue to just generally smooth out the boards. I had a hard time keeping my little Black and Decker portable bench on the ground as I made my passes. Is that normal? Do I need to hunker the wood pieces down—- or was I just taking too much off?
I also experienced quite a bit of tearout … was I pushing on the plane incorrectly or is that just how a larger jointer plane looks—- requiring a followup with the smoothing plane?
I constantly adjusted the planer blade quite a bit to get my shavings thinner and thinner … what is a good measure for this? I tried to keep the bade square as best I could. It is a learning experience and while the wood doesn’t look great yet – I feel like I’ve started. I watched a few you tube videos and noticed the users actually starting the stroke with the blade OFF the wood. I wasn’t doing that.
So, I started on my second glue up. Unfortunately, I immediately noticed that I was putting a stripe into the wood with each pass. The blade doesn’t look terrible – but on very close inspection, there may be a very small burr that I put on the blade previously.
Do I need to sharpen the blade already?
I have a Tormek sharpener that I used once to sharpen a lawn mower blade I tried to imagine how how I’d use the SE-76 JIG to sharpen my plane blade … but I just can’t understand how I’m supposed to move that blade back and forth over the wheel, keeping constant pressure on the blade and also, not going past whatever angle I set it at.
Will I ruin the blade if I try to use that grinder and should I just go and purchase a plane sharpening kit … or does it work better than I can somehow imagine? Also, won’t the wheel put a slightly concave bevel on the plane blade? It is the 250 … or bigger ginder model ….
Tormek makes a really fancy jig sells for $160 that has a ‘stop’ on it. It looks like it slides better and would hold the angler much more accurately? Is that what I want? Although expensive, it would be worth it if I were to add to my plan collection.
Or, should I just go find simple kit like that in this Lie Nielson video.
Of, do I need to sharpen the blade at all. I’m surprised that it was only after one board. I know I didn’t hit anything metal. Maybe the rubber stoppers on the Black and Decker bench were up to high? They protrude a bit above the board.
Ah well, I’m very open to any suggestions you may have. The whole – hand tools – using your eye – sharpening thing seems very intimidating.