Plane iron back bevels

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Forum topic by JasonZahn posted 03-02-2015 12:42 AM 981 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2015 12:42 AM

Looking for a hand here:

I just bought a VERY used Millers Falls 14c off of eBay, and after the evaporated soak, it’s evident that the iron has some pitting on the back.

I read a FWW article that recommended using a back bevel in this scenario, and I’d like some help with that process.

What I’ve done so far is attempt to flatten the back (which led me to the back bevel idea), and ground a primary 30 deg bevel with a 2 deg or so micro bevel.

I guess my question is, what are the ‘back and forth’ steps between the micro and back bevels. In other words, traditionally I would have honed the micro and the removed the wire edge from the back by drawing the iron flat across the 2000x sandpaper, however I’m now confused since I have a back bevel and not a flat back!

Do I hone the micro, then the back bev and that’s it, or should I be removing a wire edge from
somewhere as the final step??


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#1 posted 03-02-2015 12:51 AM

google the ruler trick.

put a thin ruler on one side of the stone so it lifts the blade and causes a back bevel.

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#2 posted 03-02-2015 05:50 AM

The ruler trick is the way.

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 11:55 AM

So hone the back bevel, then hone the micro, then take off the wire edge on the back bevel with the ruler as the final step?

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 01:09 PM

Yes. That will work.

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#5 posted 03-02-2015 01:23 PM

Thanks guys…I’ll give it a shot. This plane was a real rust-bucket. A little challenge for only my second try at this, but I think it’ll turn out ok.

What a great learning experience all of this is.

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