Sharpening a 'bevel up' plane?

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Forum topic by Willeh posted 01-21-2012 01:54 AM 1587 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2012 01:54 AM

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So, lucky me, the wifey gave me a lovely Veritas Bevel-up smoother for my birthday the other day, and in preparation for use, need to hone the blade for the first time.

My experience with planes is relatively minimal, having only really gotten into using and maintaning them in the past 6 months, and to date, 100% with bench (bevel down) planes. So far, i’ve had pretty good success honing bench planes with micro bevels and feathering the corners to reduce plane tracks. Can this technique be applied to a bevel up blade?

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 04:54 AM

micro bevel usually gives best results from the back of the blade. Chamfered edges are a matter of preference.

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 04:39 PM

I sharpen my bevel up blade exactly the same as my bevel down. I don’t do micro bevels and will only do a back bevel on a badly pitted blade, never a new blade. I’ve only have the LN #62 bevel up, (see my review for more info) but it works so well I’m on the hunt for a smoother style, either veritas or LN.

Bottom line, sharpen the way you’ve learned and what works for you. You will love that plane.

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 05:04 PM

Sharpen the same as any other blade. Only thing to keep in mind is if you are cambering the blade, you will need more camber on a low angle blade like the Veritas. Being that its a smoother should matter much, just you have to relieve the corner a bit more than you would with your 45 degree bevel downs.

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