The beauty of an unattractive plane and disobeying Schwarz .. a little bit

So the beauty of having an ugly plane that you’re going to use to do rough work is that you don’t have to spent much time cleaning it up. So i didn’t.

I did however, camber the blade .. with my Tormek.  I know scandalous.  😉  What would Schwarz say??

I used a wooden template to create a consistent camber and, frankly, I thought it worked pretty well.

After about 10 minutes, I had a nice camber that I was able to hone in about 30 seconds.  If you look close you can see where I colored the primary bevel with marker so I could see the honed edge.

The results, and nicely scalloped, but flat board.

Conclusion, this plane will work just fine!

PS.  Information on cambering blades

Tricks-in-Action: Plane Blade Cambering Jig

Camber With a Honing Guide

Why I File the Corners of my Irons

RWW 30: Thicknessing Stock the Old Fashioned Way

BTW – I don’t a jointer, so I have to flatten my boards before I put them through power planer.

10 thoughts on “The beauty of an unattractive plane and disobeying Schwarz .. a little bit”

  1. CS says in his book, “Disobey me!”

    So, if you do, doesn’t that really mean that you are obeying him after all?

      1. I am thinking about cambering all of my plane irons. Every old plane I’ve picked up has a slight to a moderate camber. I’m not sure if that is just because of age and the amount of use/sharpenings. But it seems to have been pretty common.

  2. I am doing the same thing with a #5 that is not pretty, but useable. It will have 2 irons. One will be cambered to about an 8″ radius for roughing pieces that are too small for the jointer, and another with just a light to medium camber for jointing edges.

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