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steven newman

sharpened an iron, today

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On 9/4/2020 at 2:34 AM, steven newman said:

I use a "mix" of things....sometimes an iron or chisel is too out of whack....the grinder will get things back in order...but not sharp...so

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Disc is a worn 180 grit.   Plywood part is set to 90 degrees to the disc ( blades slide a bit better..)and there is a cup of water handy....blades are held at ~ 25 degrees to the spinning disc,,,until my fingers get too warm...then a dunk, and back at it again.   back of either the chisels or the plane irons is also flattened here...then over to the bench..

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This is what I started with.   And, the chipbreaker is also worked over....until it mates up with the flat back of the iron...without any gaps between them.   So..

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I freehand.  I start with the coarse Carborundum stone,with a bit of 3in1 oil.    Then to the 600 grit India stone.

Then a couple papers...a 1000grit wet-n-dry and then a 2000 grit one...laid right on top of the stone..

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Getting there....then either an old leather belt for a strop...

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Or..use a buffer...

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To polish the bevels....and the edge of the chipbreaker.   Check to make sure no gaps between the two..

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Then assemble these two.   I try to keep the chip breaker about 1mm(or less) back from the edge.   It sits on the non-beveled face of the iron. Set up in a plane for a test  drive...

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Advance the depth until it just starts to cut....check that the shaving is more or less centered...and have some fun...

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kind of hard to stop...Same with the chisels...

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Before...

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And...after....(have a bare patch on my left forearm from the one in the middle)

I keep things rather simple....a flat back, and a single 25 degree bevel...no "ruler tricks"  or micro whatevers...then back to work.   The #62's iron was stropped on the cloth buffer wheels on the bevel...cloth wheels have a bit of green compound rubbed into them...then a quick buff on each wheel....bevel is up...lightly held.

 

A David Weaver over on Wood Central uses the wheel trick....calls it a Unicorn Profile.   even has a few videos out, about it...

Wow that seems like a lot. I was thinking like 2 diamond stones and a strop. 😂 Guess I need to step it up a notch or two.

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11 hours ago, PatriotWoodturning said:

Wow that seems like a lot. I was thinking like 2 diamond stones and a strop. 😂 Guess I need to step it up a notch or two.

Two stones and strop are fine for most sharpening, unless you got a really jacked up edge. I have two go to stones and I have never stropped my plane irons. I do however strop my carving knives.

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8 minutes ago, John Morris said:

Two stones and strop are fine for most sharpening, unless you got a really jacked up edge. I have two go to stones and I have never stropped my plane irons. I do however strop my carving knives.

What stones are your "go to" stones?

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22 minutes ago, PatriotWoodturning said:

What stones are your "go to" stones?

Just for general maintenance I use a 4000 and 8000, for quick touch ups others use a strop, I suppose my touch up is over the 8000. I have a 220/1000 combo stone for getting those nasty things fixed, but if you are careful with your tools, you'll not use them, very rarely. Or you will use the 220/1000 for shaping your iron, cambering the edge or changing the bevel.

My advise is not to get too hung up in sharpening, I mean, you need your irons sharp, but really, it's just like anything, folks can get a little too guru into it, and next thing you know you got a plethora of sharpening jigs and stones and a full blown sharpening station etc etc, not knocking those woodworkers, just saying stay simple starting out, you may like the minimalist approach in sharpening, I know I do. And, my greatest advice is, learn to free hand sharpen, it's quick, and it's enjoyable.

I've been meaning to get a free hand sharpening topic tutorial up here, but just have not done it yet, for now though if you go to our beloved YouTube and do a search for Freehand Sharpening Plane Irons, you'll find some great information.

Here's one I found for ya, James Wright is not boring to watch.

 

 

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