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Forum topic by ScrubPlane posted 03-10-2013 09:36 PM 731 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ScrubPlane

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03-10-2013 09:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: blade sharpening

I’ve been exploring and using hand planes more and more over the last two years but could use advice on cambering the blade. I utilize a granite stone, sandpaper, and the Veritas honing gauge to sharpen my blades…and this method does get them ‘scary sharp’.

I have ‘rescued’ an old #5 I want to turn into a ‘tweener’ plane to use after my traditional scrub plane but before my #8.

Any advice on how to properly camber the blade would be appreciated.

File, grinder…before or after sharpening, etc?

Much appreciated…


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mds2

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 09:46 PM

I use a grinder. I made a bunch of radiused templates on my bandsaw out of hardboard. . I take the template with the radius I want, put it on the back of the iron, draw a line with a sharpie, then take it to the grinder.

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#2 posted 03-10-2013 10:07 PM

mds2 has it right, that’s the easiest way for me to do it also. When honing the blade with the Veritas jig, it helps to have the camber roller on it rather than the straight one.

-- Mike

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 03-10-2013 11:07 PM

I use md2’s method also.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Handtooler

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 11:23 PM

For a 2” blade on a #5 Groz what radius do you perfer for a scuub plane use and approxamate how wide/large an opening of mouth set by the frog position? It currently does quite well set-up as a smoother with quite thin curls (0.003-4”). I would like to flatten hard dry Pecan which is too wide for my 6” jointer before using a power planner.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#5 posted 03-10-2013 11:29 PM

Handtooler, I use a 12” radius on my jack plane and I keep the mouth open all the way.

-- Mike

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 12:12 AM

Thanks Paratrooper34!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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ScrubPlane

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#7 posted 03-11-2013 12:45 AM

Great suggestions all…much appreciated.

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