Sharpening Technique

Having said that planing is a jov, the follow-up proviso must be: "But only if the cutter is fully honed and stropped." There is nothing quite so demoralizing as trying to bullv a dull-edged plane into action.The truth is that a good part of the technique of planing has to do with keeping the cutting iron sharp. And just in case you are a misguided beginner who is seeking to avoid what you consider is the chore of sharpening by getting a new plane - your thinking being that new planes arc sharp and ready to use - you have got to realize that most new planes arc labeled "I loning required before use." New tools or old, it all adds up to the fact that you will need to learn how to sharpen your plane irons.

above: The lever cap must be a flush fit on the cap iron.

above: Setting the irons for rough work.

above: Setting the irons for rough work.

above: Setting the irons for finishing and hardwoods.

above: Setting the irons for finishing and hardwoods.

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