|Forum topic by Marcus||posted 03-28-2013 11:35 PM||1290 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
03-28-2013 11:35 PM
So it’s been said a thousand times, and everyone using hand planes knows it and probably does it. There are also probably a thousand people who get into hand planes, get a new and figure they’ll just start using it. Well, I was one of those new to hand plane people today. A few weeks back, I got a LN No 4. I had screwed around with it a little bit, shaved a piece or two off the edge of stock. I actually started using it for the first time today. I figured this isn’t a cheap Harbor Freight plane, the blade is probably good to go out of the box, so I didn’t worry about sharpening.
Well today I started actually using the plane on a glue up of some walnut that will be a desktop. I got a good deal of chatter and not the nice ribbons of wood I expected. I messed around a bit with the alignment of the blade to make sure it was centered. Changed the depth of cut a little each way, but still was having issues cutting through the wood.
I took the blade and chipbreaker off, spent 5 minutes sharpening the blade on a diamond stone (its crazy how fast those things cut). I hit the back of the chipbreaker to make sure it was smooth, put everything back together and went after the desk top again….WOW, what a difference. In the below picture you can see the shavings before (to the right) and after (to the left) the sharpening.
So yes, I know, EVERYONE sharpens their new plane blades right away. But just in case you’re like me, actually take a few minutes to do it!