Stanley #55 Bevel Angles

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Forum topic by tyler posted 05-07-2015 01:07 AM 764 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2015 01:07 AM

Hello everyone. I have just finished the cleaning of my #55 (pictures coming soon) and just received my worksharp today and after getting it all set up I decided I would get out my general digital t-bevel and check the angle on the iron’s. Well I started with one (plough iron) and it read 36.6°.. weird. so I zeroed it out and checked my Stanley #5 and it read 25°. Checked a few chisels and also read 25°. So I checked a few more and same thing, all right around 36°. Basically what my question is isn’t that a little steep? I expected around 30°. So should I change the angle to 30° or keep it there? I would have to change it to at least 35 since that’s as high as the worksharp goes and I don’t feel like doing that many by hand. Thanks for any input guys.


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#1 posted 05-07-2015 01:34 AM

Mosquito could prob help

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#2 posted 05-07-2015 11:06 AM

I have a 45 with a full compliment of cutters and every one seems to have a 35º bevel. I don’t use mine so haven’t tried to sharpen them (yet).

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 01:55 PM

The 35 degrees sounds like what I remember mine being. Most of the blades are pretty small in a full size plane, so lots of force gets applies to them. The higher angle could be to help edge retention. They’re easy to sharpen by hand when you need one since they’re so small. Most of mine sit without being sharpened, but some get sharpened a lot.

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 01:55 PM

Double post.

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#5 posted 05-07-2015 02:08 PM

Keep in mind that the cutters on a #55 are used bevel down, so the attack angle doesn’t change regardless of what angle you sharpen the bevel. The only advantage/disadvantage is edge life.

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 01:40 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone. I’ll just set the worksharp to 35° and start on my journey. Hopefully less then a month!


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#7 posted 05-08-2015 01:47 AM

I would also leave it at 35° for edge retention like Daniel mentions. Not all of them are as easy to sharpen as the plow cutters, so longer edge life is a good thing. As long as the angle is less than 45° (bed angle of the plane), then you should be fine.

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