I’ve been meaning to put up a post in response to this post. BUT .. more importantly, I’ve been wanting to replace my Tormek with a regular, faster bench grinder. So, I finally did it and bought a PORTER-CABLE 8″ Variable Speed Bench Grinder.
My method of sharpening is pretty much what I’ve picked up from Chris, so no real surprises. So for what it’s worth, here’s a quick gallery of photos with one little grinder trick that I picked up in a class I took from Chris.
BTW if you have a subscription to Fine Woodworking Online, here’s link to a good article on grinders:
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
BTW – I don’t a jointer, so I have to flatten my boards before I put them through power planer.