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Forum topic by todd4390 posted 12-18-2014 03:11 AM 1096 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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todd4390

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12-18-2014 03:11 AM

Just got my first hand plane and I have been learning how to sharpen the iron. Rob Cosman has an interesting video using what he calls the David Charlesworth method of using a very thin (.001” or thinner) steel ruler to lap or put a back bevel on the bottom of the iron. Only problem is I can’t find a 6” ruler anywhere that is that thin. Anyone know of a resource for these.


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#1 posted 12-18-2014 03:26 AM

I got mine for free from a lie nielsen show I went to. I know they make them, but I just tried to find it on their website and couldn’t. I’m sure you could call up there and ask how to get one. They’d probably send you one for $5 or something like that. They’re real nice, it’s a small time business, so if you call I bet they would take care of you right then and there.

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 03:26 AM

P.S. that ruler is a little thicker than .001. It is probably .015 or so. But I have been using it for years and it works great.

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 04:53 AM

Got several and I’d mail you one but I’m about 1,200 miles from my garage for the next 10 days. HD has them for $2-3.

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 06:31 AM

Metal shim stock works.
Basical like extral long feeler gauge.

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#5 posted 12-18-2014 06:37 AM

A piece cut out of a plastic milk jug (~0.016”) will work. In short, there’s nothing magic about the little metal ruler, about anything will work. Just use the same “anything” each time so the angle is the same

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#6 posted 12-18-2014 12:33 PM

I was mistaken on the thickness of ruler. It’s actually suppose to be .002” or less. Not that it makes it any easier to find. Thanks for replies so far. My search continues

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#7 posted 12-18-2014 03:41 PM

Todd, I promise it doesn’t need to be .002 or less. Any real skinny ruler will work. Shim stock would work great.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 12-18-2014 06:30 PM



Metal shim stock works.
Basical like extral long feeler gauge.

- ksSlim

Feeler gauge stock…now that sounds like a good idea.

-- paxorion

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#9 posted 12-19-2014 03:22 PM

I use the General brand steel ruler and it works great. don’t get hung up on the thickness, any thin metal ruler will get the job done

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