What do you use your old planner knifes for?

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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 05-01-2012 03:16 AM 1164 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2012 03:16 AM

I just replaced the knifes in my (new to me) delta 15” planner. The old ones are overdue for sharpening or replacement but they are still nice looking knifes. I can’t see me throwing them away, but I don’t want them to nag me to make something of them or put them to use every time I come across them in the bottom of a drawer either. I never made a knife, but I guess one of these blades could be shaped into a pretty impressive dagger with a Rosewood handle and a nice brass guard. Not sure what I would use to shape and sharpen the blade, but I’m pretty sure I have something that would work. Have any of you made something useful or gorgeous from your old blades? Any tips on working with the steel?

-- Ken

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 03:45 AM

I have been wondering the same thing.

-- Ray

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 08:20 AM

I use ‘em on my great big bushy beard.


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#3 posted 05-01-2012 09:17 AM

If they are still in good condition why don’t you have them resharpened as a spare set. Sods law states that while the others are are the grinding shop you will need a set of blades on the hurry.

i wouldn’t use them for a dagger, they will be too brittle for that I would have thought.

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#4 posted 05-01-2012 11:16 AM

I was given a number of sawmill planer blades, ground down to much for the mill, and some that didn’t meet therir standards.
I swaped some to the blacksmith at oiur local historical site for a hand forged gouge, another became a hook knife, the rest are in that drawer, but the converts work very well.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 05-01-2012 12:51 PM

Use them for tearing sandpaper.

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#6 posted 05-01-2012 01:00 PM

Keep them in the drawer for inflicting severe wounds on unsuspecting fingers. DON’T ASK!!


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#7 posted 05-01-2012 01:04 PM

Could you add a wooden handle and make some type of scraper? Could be good for scraping glue or whatever.

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#8 posted 05-01-2012 01:14 PM

I’ve had my 12.5” Delta ones with nicks re-ground as a spare set.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#9 posted 05-01-2012 01:51 PM

You could always cut one into a few pieces and make some nice scratch stock blades.

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#10 posted 05-01-2012 02:36 PM

I don’t do machine work but had a machinist put a handle on either end and I use the blade for scraping hides while tanning. Completely different website, but they work great for that purpose.

I could see doing the same thing and using it as a scraper for wood. It would be a great draw knife.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#11 posted 05-01-2012 02:52 PM

I’ve yet to have any unusable planner/jointer blades in my collection, but if I did. I could see using them for small hand plane blades, making molding cutter blades, small hand carving tools, or for making marking knives and the like.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#12 posted 05-01-2012 04:38 PM

I’d have them resharpened and keep them on hand. That said, I did give some jointer knives away (changed the cutterhead) and at least one guy said he wanted to make a marking knife out of one of them.

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#13 posted 05-01-2012 04:56 PM

Thank you for the responses. The most logical use (to me) is to have them resharpened for the next change out. Why I didn’t I think of that????

-- Ken

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#14 posted 05-01-2012 04:57 PM

it depends on the planer. Some of the lunch box planers with dual sided blades don’t do well with resharpened blades.

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#15 posted 05-01-2012 05:00 PM

I stack them on the cart below the planer. That’s as far as I got.
Rough planing barn wood?
Resharpen with a honing guide?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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