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Forum topic by KurtaKalbach posted 05-02-2014 09:32 PM 954 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KurtaKalbach

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05-02-2014 09:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer plane blade

I went to an auction and came home with some cool tools. They are old wooden trim planes, or edge planes etc. Some have the blades some do not. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can have blades made and do I have to supply the steel. I am concerned that if i dont start with good steel I will spend more time having the blades sharpened and less time using them. Would a typical blade sharpening business be able to handle it or would I have to find a more specialized type of craftsman who could handle this?

-- Kurt K.


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Buckethead

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#1 posted 05-02-2014 09:54 PM

Here come the cries for pictures.

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TerryDowning

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 11:24 PM

Pictures yes

I recommend learning to sharpen yourself rather than send out. It’s not terribly difficult.

Check out Ron Hock for replacement blades. He may be able to help. Molding plane blades can be difficult as they have to be shaped prior to hardening.

Alternately learn to make your own blades (If you’re into the metal thing)
McMaster Carr or Grainger for the raw steel.

Cut it to desired shape,
file cutting edge to desired profile,
Harden
Temper
Sharpen
Hone
Polish
Done

Sounds easy (NOT!)

for me it’s the hardening and tempering processes I don’t completely understand.

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 05-03-2014 11:19 AM

I’d keep my eyes out on eBay. Having blades custom made will probably cost more than finding another complete plane.

As Terry said, making your own would be another option. There are a few blogs about it here.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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KurtaKalbach

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 01:08 PM

Thanks for the info. I do appreciate it.

-- Kurt K.

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Wally331

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#5 posted 05-12-2014 02:47 PM

Lie-Nielsen also sells some nice tapered moulding plane iron blanks, however they are almost 25$ a piece, almost the cost of a vintage plane with and iron. They are nice if your making a set for yourself though.

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