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Forum topic by joez posted 04-20-2012 12:15 AM 1640 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2012 12:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: veritas concave

So I purchased a new roller for my veritas honing guide mark2. I thought maybe my roller needed to be changed thinking that was the problem. But I found out my blade looked like this, and for every blade I used to hone.

Does anybody know what maybe happening.

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 01:31 AM

What type of surface are you honing your blades on? The only thing I can think is that it is not flat. Just the type of surface I need for honing my concave spokeshave blade.

-- BobD Chandler, AZ

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 02:06 AM

the blade is a little exaggerated, but there is small concave. Anything from from waterstones to flat granite and sandpaper!

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 02:08 AM

Are you pressing down with your fingers right in the middle as you hone?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 04-20-2012 02:15 AM

When I first started using mine about 3 years ago I found that I could skew the blade edge by putting too much pressure on the left or right side. I use two fingers to try and get even pressure across the blade.

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#5 posted 04-20-2012 03:32 AM

I put pressure on both left and right not middle.

Also is absolute must to put a camber on blade to do face grain surface grain work?

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#6 posted 04-20-2012 10:34 AM

joez? What type of paper are you using? Are you gluing the paper down absolutely flat? Most people usually come up with the opposite results of yours when not using the MK II correctly.

The only thing that come to mind for me….... is that you have a ton of pressure on the center of the blade, or your sanding medium is bulging in front of the blade as you make a pass.

Some of the more experienced guys might be have the answer. I wish I could help.

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#7 posted 04-20-2012 11:51 AM

What type of blade are you using? Since you said you’re putting pressure on the left and right sides, if it’s a thin blade (ie. from a Stanley plane), then could it be possible that it is being bent? Maybe there is dust or dirt in the middle of where the guide clamps onto the blade, thus bending the middle.

Usually, when I use my mk2 guide, I only put pressure in the middle if I am going for a straight blade (only my block plane has a straight blade, the rest have some degree of camber).

-- Charles from California

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#8 posted 04-20-2012 01:56 PM

Does anybody know if it absolute to camber the blade in order to plane face grain?

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#9 posted 04-20-2012 03:49 PM

no it isn´t I work with straight blades …. though I have round the corner slightly on
my smoothplanes
its only on the scrubplane I have heavy camber

I had the same isue on the first blade I sharpened when using (at that time new stones)
waterstones so I had to reflaten four of them …. since then no problem like this
I use Veritas MKII Jiig as well

if the back on the blade is hollow you will see this too

youn can use all the jiigs you want … but if your surface and the back on the blade ain´t flat …........... well

good luck with the next sharpening session :-)


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#10 posted 04-22-2012 12:38 PM

Dennis…..... good call.

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