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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 11-06-2008 08:44 PM 1594 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HokieMojo

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11-06-2008 08:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: felt sharpening grinding wheel handplane blade honing

I was wondering if anyone had any advice on using a felt wheel as the final step in sharpeing the blades on my handplanes. I think I’ve done “so-so” sharpening most of my blades with the scary sharp method, but more practice will certainly help.

Until the next time I need to sharpen again, I saw a felt wheel for sale at HD for about $6. It will fit my Ryobi grinding wheel. I bought a spiral sewn (?) wheel and some compound ($4) that it says will work on steel. I was thinking for $10, maybe this would help me get an even sharper razor edge on my smooth planes.

Does anyone think this was a good buy? If this could work, how do I actually use these items? I’ve never seen these things in action so I can only go from what I’ve read (which isn’t much). Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks!


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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 11-06-2008 09:15 PM

The old timers use this method to sharpen their chisels so I use it to sharpen both chisels and plane iron and my first wheels came from HF and they make a bit of a mess but work well. I can shave with my iron.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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tenontim

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#2 posted 11-06-2008 09:24 PM

I have a hard felt wheel, that I got from Lee Valley (about $30) and I use it probably too much. I usually get the plane blades and chisels sharpened correctly once a year, but I constantly touch them up with the felt wheel. It has a tendency to round over the back, so you don’t have a real straight angle. I don’t worry about it, but some folks might. My blades are extremely sharp and that’s what I’m after.

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#3 posted 11-06-2008 09:44 PM

so i guess you just try to angle the bevel so it will touch flat with the wheel? I assume you have to either have the wheel spin the other way or hold the blade upside down to prevent it from cutting into the wheel. How hard do you press against the wheel?

Thanks!

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#4 posted 11-06-2008 11:32 PM

I used a buffing wheel with green rouge from time to time. It
works great. You have to be a little careful not to overbuff the
edge because one second it’s razor sharp and the next it’s rounded
over.

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#5 posted 11-07-2008 02:52 PM

The method I have learned is to stone sharpen until the edge is square and rather sharp, (DO NOT WORK THE FLAT SIDE) then use the buffing wheel and buff just until the burr that was left on the blade from the stone sharpening is gone and then it should be perfect.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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