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Forum topic by Gerald Thompson posted 11-19-2013 06:17 PM 868 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gerald Thompson

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11-19-2013 06:17 PM

I have two old skew plane irons that need to be reground so they are not bowed on the cutting edges. I have found no one in the greater Jacksonville, Fl. area that can/will do it.
I have a grinder and the jigs but I am not going to attempt this. For me a grinder is to be used only for lawn mower blades.
Does anyone know of a sharpening service that would do these two blades?

-- Jerry

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 06:49 PM

I have the Veritas Honing guide fro Lee Valley Tools. The skew registering jig will do the trick. (will be hard on the hands but once flat, easy to maintain.

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Gerald Thompson

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 08:15 PM

I have the guide also. I seldom use it as I can hand sharpen quite well. There is too much material to be removed for my patience to endure. I took into one with a 220 water stone. The stone needed flattening very soon and I decided that I was not going to keep on with that. I next went to a 4’’ wide sander belt, the blue type, and it can be done just not by me.

-- Jerry

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 10:52 PM

What kinds of skew planes, wooden rabbet planes, LV skew blocks, Stanley 46 or? With the rabbet planes you’d kind of want to have the iron bedded in the plane to confirm the angle.

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 01:25 AM

These are wooden rabbet planes with a 10d skew as near as I can tell. The bevels are rounded and the cutting edges are @ a very steep angle.
I can align them up on my grinder wheel so that I would have them skewed so it would make a straight across removal of metal but I have had no success in the past of doing nothing but ruining what I am grinding. This is even with the LV tool rest and jig. It may sound odd to those who can but I just seem unable to do it correctly and do not want to ruin the irons.
I don’t have to have the planes I just wanted to see how they preform. I have had them for years and I may just give them away.

-- Jerry

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 01:48 AM

Just skews?

Use a diamond plate and a honing guide.

I can do this sort of thing on a grinder but I go slow and with
patience. I use a friable wheel. I would not normally do it
on a standard wheel.

I mark the edge line I want and grind that straight across,
dipping in water frequently to cool the blade. Once the
angle is right at the edge, there’s the matter of grinding
a new hollow bevel. It’s fussy but doable and the real
goal of the hollow bevel is to make it ready for honing
on a flat stone. Staying away from the edge when grinding
the bevel can be a good strategy… just get close and
then grind the rest of the way on a stone using elbow power.

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 02:57 AM

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