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Forum topic by Troy Cleckler posted 05-07-2015 07:12 PM 700 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Troy Cleckler

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05-07-2015 07:12 PM

I’m thinking that the bevel needs to be worked to straighten it out. If that is the case, do I just hold it best I can with the long/high side touching first and work it till it’s straight across. Plan on honing it from the bottom, using the ruler on the heel and pull the bur from the bevel.
Any thought would be appreciated.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#1 posted 05-07-2015 07:28 PM

I wouldn’t worry too much about it being 100% straight as long as its sharp Troy. Ive got a router plane iron that’s basically chipped on a 45 and it still works just fine. The only spot its any trouble is on stopped dados when you’ve got to get into the corners. A long paring chisel cures that all though.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 12:04 AM

I find router blades to be a minor pain in the @$$ to sharpen. The bottom can be honed to perfection and it’s fairly easy to keep them that way with periodic maintenance. The bevel itself is the harder part. Short strokes-
back and forth. But most of the time the cut surface isn’t for show (dados, tenon, inlay) so it may not require a perfect finished surface for the cut. I’d work on getting it perpendicular to the shaft over time and not try to get it done in one session. Like Stef said it doesn’t need to be perfect to work.

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#3 posted 05-09-2015 04:19 AM

Regards from Perth


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#4 posted 05-09-2015 10:03 AM

Regards from Perth


- Derek Cohen

Thanks Derek, I found this already and started working on it last night.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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