Shut up and Sharpen

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:

Tool Test: Bench Grinders for Woodworkers

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.