Sharpening 18" planer blades?

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 05-15-2013 12:44 AM 1191 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2013 12:44 AM

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What is the best way for me to sharpen my 18” planer blades? I don’t have a power sharpener like a Tormek sharpener.

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#1 posted 05-15-2013 01:05 AM

take them in and have them sharpened. The guy that does mine is $0.40 an inch and they are usually ready the next day

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#2 posted 05-15-2013 01:06 AM

Send them out.

Some people have mounted sanding disks on the table
saw and done it that way.

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 01:28 AM

18”??? Definitely send them to a pro.

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#4 posted 05-15-2013 02:04 AM

I don’t have this exact same manufacturers model as the one in the link below but I have one of an identical style made of aluminum that I bought at The Woodworkers Shows. I use the scary sharp system with this holder on my jointer and planer knives. All you need is a granite slab, glass, or even a table saw surface. Works great and pays for itsel in no time… least mine did because it didn’t cost $80 like this one at Woodcraft. I think I paid some where in the neighborhodd of $30 (?).

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#5 posted 05-15-2013 04:16 AM

18” blade length sort of points to a more vintage machine that would have a on the machine grinding attachment available, at least during the times.
Seems like more current machines “import’ are 20”, and those of wimpy construction not made for the grinding on machine systems.
18” length, pretty much points to the need of an accurate knife grinding machine, to get good planing results.

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 11:43 AM

I, too, would send them out unless you have a Tormek with the proper jig. My place charges 50ยข and inch, some places are a lot higher…be sure to ask. the inches add up quick on long knives.

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