|Forum topic by Dan||posted 889 days ago||1756 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
889 days ago
This may be a first..
Earlier this afternoon I was honing one of my plane irons via scary sharp method. I wet the sandpaper with mineral spirits and of coarse the mineral spirits gets all over my hands. Well I had just finished the iron and I had a nice razor sharp edge. I picked the iron up and it just slipped right out of my hands. The plane iron was now falling edge down towards the cold hard concrete floor. Right when I felt it slip I cringed with fear that the edge would hit the floor thus ruining my fine edge. The edge hit the floor all right, but thats not the only thing it hit.
I had a small shop vac plugged in sitting next to my bench and the sharp edge of the blade just so happened to land directly on the power cord. When it hit there was a pop sound and a bunch of sparks. When I picked up the iron I couldn’t have been more disappointed. All that work grinding and honing down the drain. Where the edge hit the wire it burned and melted the steel. I snapped some pictures of the damage..
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"