- Sign on a workbench: I like this job only a little more than I like being homeless.
- Never enough time to do it right. Always enough time to do it over.
- Jim used to build stairs, but the market was just too up and down.
- The reward for a job well done is usually more work.
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If you’re a woodworker, then you know how important it is to keep your hand plane blades sharp. A dull blade will make it difficult to get the results you want, and can even be dangerous. In this blog post, we will show you how to sharpen your hand plane blades like a pro!
How to Get a Hand Plane Blade Scary Sharp in 90 Seconds
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In this woodworking skills video Jonathan shows you how to get a hand plane scary sharp in about 90 seconds. Sharpen your hand plane this way for excellent results, shavings and maximum hand tool woodworking enjoyment.
What Is A Hand Plane And What Does It Do?
A hand plane is a tool that’s used to smooth and shape wood. It’s basically a big, powerful chisel that can take on tougher tasks than its smaller cousins. Hand planes come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they’re designed to make your woodworking projects look their best.
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Best Method for Sharpening your Chisels and Plane Irons
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Why Do You Need To Sharpen A Hand Plane Blade?
It’s really quite simple. A dull blade will tear out the wood fibers as you plane, leaving a rough surface. A sharp blade, on the other hand, will slice through the wood fibers cleanly, resulting in a smooth surface.
There’s another reason to keep your hand plane blade sharp. A dull blade requires more effort to use, and that can lead to fatigue. When you’re tired, it’s more difficult to control the tool, which can result in accidents. So not only will a sharp blade give you better results, but it’ll also help you stay safe.
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How to Sharpen Chisels & Sharpening Plane Blades
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Sharpening Chisels and wood plane blades is an important part of woodworking because it helps hone the use of hand tools and tool care and makes woodworking much more pleasurable when you understand the basics of sharpening.
What Angle Do You Sharpen Hand Plane Blades?
There are a couple different schools of thought when it comes to sharpening hand plane blades. Some people like to sharpen their blades at a 25 degree angle, while others prefer a 30 degree angle.
Personally, I think that the best way to determine the angle you should sharpen your blade at is by looking at the bevel on the blade itself. If the bevel is already at a 25 degree angle, then I would recommend sharpening it at that same angle. However, if the bevel is at a 30 degree angle, you may want to consider sharpening it at a 35 degree angle instead. This will help to prevent the blade from becoming too thin and fragile over time.
The most important thing to remember when sharpening hand plane blades is to always use a sharpening stone that is softer than the blade itself. This will help to avoid damaging the blade and will also make it easier to get a nice, even edge.
I recommend using a medium grit stone for most blades, but if you are working with a particularly dull or damaged blade, you may need to start with a coarse grit stone. Be sure to work your way up to a finer grit stone as you progress, until you have achieved the desired level of sharpness.
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How Do You Sharpen A Hand Plane With Sandpaper?
If you’re using a hand plane to smooth out a piece of wood, you’ll want to make sure the blade is nice and sharp. One way to do this is to use sandpaper.
Start by attaching a piece of sandpaper to a flat surface. I like to use a block of wood or something similar. Then, run the blade of your hand plane over the sandpaper a few times, using moderate pressure.
You’ll want to do this until you see a nice, sharp edge on your blade. Once you’ve got that, you can start using your hand plane with confidence!