Cambering plane irons

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Forum topic by ShipWreck posted 04-17-2012 07:22 PM 842 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2012 07:22 PM

I have been relearning freehand sharpening with pretty fair results on flat edges, but cambering is giving me fits. Any of you guys/gals have any tips for cambering? I know what radius to use for each plane size. I am doing ok (not great) with the primary bevel on a camber, but when I get to the micro bevel…..... I tend to flat spot at the last 1/4” of the sides of my blades.

Any suggestions guys?

Respectfully…..... John.

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 07:48 PM

Look at STUMPY NUBS site. He just posted a cambering jig that really makes sense.
(Does that sound gratuitous?)


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#2 posted 04-17-2012 08:49 PM

try skewing the blade, almost sideways.

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#3 posted 04-18-2012 09:48 AM

Thanks guys.

I am such a idiot! I thought StumpyNubs was just another pretty cool ” LJ” nickname until I went to his blog/site. This guy is pretty awsome with all the stuff he comes up with. I wish that I had just 1/2 of his imagination.

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 11:21 AM

yea, Stumpy has some pretty comical stuff, but some pretty innovative ideas. His work can certainly help.

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 04:02 PM

Yes, check out Stumpy’s videos, these two in particular!

This episode shows how he set up his sharpening station. He uses the Worksharp 3000 and figures out how to use it well beyond the capabilities that it was designed for, and in a way that’s far more economical than buying replacement sandpaper and extra glass discs.

And this more recent episode illustrates how to use that sharpening station to put camber on a scrub plane. I haven’t tried this method myself (because I’m too broke to afford the equipment at the moment) so I can’t truly vouch for it. But I have to say, it really does seem foolproof and the results look amazing.

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