|Forum topic by Charlie||posted 09-09-2012 01:01 AM||764 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
09-09-2012 01:01 AM
This question comes about as I have experience sharpening my carving tools, but I think I’m lacking some basic sharpening skills for my plane irons.
On my carving tools, they only rarely see a stone and never see a grinder unless someone tries to dig out a finishing nail with it (yeah it happened …. once…. that person bought me a new $70 gouge).
Once I have them sharp ….and we’re talking so sharp they can cut you on Tuesday and you don’t even know you’ve been cut until Thursday…. I strop them rather frequently. Sometimes after as few as 5 to 10 cuts. Depends on the wood.
I can get a plane iron sharp. But I seem to only sharpen them square. I never learned how to put a little camber in an iron’s edge. I’ve been reading more about hand planes and getting mine out and working with them more often to try to get a better feel for them.
For instance, if I have a board that has a twist, I will often use a hand plane on it at the high corners before even taking it over to the planer. Or a board with a bow may get a few swipes at each end before it goes to the planer.
So is it practical to remove an iron and strop it? Or do you just use it until it needs sharpening on the stones again?
And is there an easy method for putting some camber in a blade and/or sharpening one with a camber already in it so you don’t lose the camber?