Tuning a Block Plane - Is Silicon Carbide Sandpaper required?

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Forum topic by NoviceWoodworker posted 01-29-2012 02:21 PM 926 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2012 02:21 PM

I purchased a block plane and while watching an episode of Woodsmith Shop they discussed tuning the block plane. They mentioned that you should draw a squiggly line across the sole of the plane and use 220-grit silicon carbide sandpaper for tuning the base of the plane. I have 220-grit sandpaper I had already purchased and was wondering if it would work (it is 3M garnet sandpaper for sanding bare wood surfaces purchased from I wasn’t sure if there was a big difference in these two types. Thanks.

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 02:41 PM

you’ll be just fine with the sandpaper you have i wouldnt sweat it at all. Once you get above 220 id go with the wet / dry sandpaper for sharpening the iron if you’re going the scary sharp route. Good luck on the restore.

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 05:50 PM

I don’t know how well garnet paper will work.
Regular wet or dry will be better in my opinion.


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