5 Minute Hand Plane Sharpening | Woodworking Tool Tip

5 Minute Hand Plane Sharpening | Woodworking Tool Tip

In this video I show you how to get razor sharp hand planes in just 5 minutes.
I use a few tools to keep my planes sharp enough to shave with, and in this video I show you how i do it.

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  1. Andrea Valeri on November 1, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Thanks John, very interesting!

  2. Sean Evelegh on November 1, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Hi john, did you learn this from Rob Cosman?

  3. Shasta Kennon on November 1, 2022 at 2:30 am

    I know that woodprix has the best woodworking plans ever.

  4. Joe G.P. on November 1, 2022 at 2:30 am

    more like "hand plane sharpening in 10 minutes and $200-300 worth of equipment"

  5. kkaldor on November 1, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Great video and tips John! Any tips on placing the blade back into the plane and getting the right depth of cut and even from side to side?

  6. Rusted Nail on November 1, 2022 at 2:34 am

    Ever try the scary sharp method to sharpen blades?

  7. Dave Smith on November 1, 2022 at 2:38 am

    And, if you use the ruler trick, you dont have the flatten the entire back! Thats the whole point behind the ruler trick. So skip that step and go directly to the ruler trick.

  8. Primal Edge Designs on November 1, 2022 at 2:39 am

    just thought I’d say this, your efforts to increase your production quality has not gone unnoticed. sound, lighting, and editing have really improved in the past months. don’t stop doing what you’re doing! oh yeah, and this video was informative and helpful, too. ATB -Michael!

  9. Be Breezy1986 on November 1, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Sharpen in less than 5 minutes–makes 10 minute video 😆😆

    Just kidding you this helped me out a lot thank you so much

  10. idontcareforaname on November 1, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Uh… This would take more than 5 minutes.

  11. Bear Creek Woodworking on November 1, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Thanks for sharing! This will help me sharpen my planes!

  12. RS CUSTOM CREATIONS on November 1, 2022 at 2:48 am

    Great content! Thanks man! 🤘

  13. Laffingstock Woodworks on November 1, 2022 at 2:48 am

    Is that a new camera? The video seems sharper with more detail. I did put new contacts in so that could be it. Great video as always. Very informative.

  14. Tyler Yurk on November 1, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Thank you for this video. I’ve watched MANY videos on how to sharpen a hand plane. I don’t posses a nice set of stones yet. Just a tri stone from wal-mart…yes wal-mart. However, by implementing some of your techniques, my blade is sharper than ever. Producing paper thin shavings, with ease. And for those of you whom can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on jigs and stones…you don’t have to. You just have to know how to make what you do have, work.

  15. Dagwood Designs on November 1, 2022 at 2:51 am

    John, I noticed that you are holding the plane at a slight angle (not parallel to the board you are planing). Is this by design? I’ve just started using hand tools in the last 6 months or so, and was curious about the technique.

  16. lone wolf on November 1, 2022 at 2:53 am

    great video thanks

  17. wicked650s on November 1, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Thank you John, my wife is my next project, I’m going to go home and punch her in the face.

  18. Dave Smith on November 1, 2022 at 2:59 am

    Indication of “suction” on a sharpening has absolutely nothing to do with how flat you plane bad is and has everything to do with how much of a slurry you have created. The slurry is what makes the blade suck to the stone. For a blade to “suck” to another surface, both surfaces have to be 100% flat and a diamond stone if far from that! Hence all the diamond particles on the stone!

  19. ja som on November 1, 2022 at 3:03 am

    Nice work, do you think I could use hand plane this sharp for epoxy planing in order to avoid we sanding and the just polish?

  20. alain pilon on November 1, 2022 at 3:11 am

    The Veritas kig provides a secondary bevel if you turn on the knob

  21. Makavelli Offspring on November 1, 2022 at 3:12 am

    Thanks for sharing. It’s very helpful. Love your contents. Tq again.

  22. TT OKC on November 1, 2022 at 3:13 am

    Hi John, Just recently took a plane class at Woodcraft.  I have the same low angle block plane and a low angle jack plane.  They did teach us the ruler trick but the instructor said that a low angle plane should not have a microbevel on the backside because they are bevel up planes.  Thoughts?

  23. BANKERT TV on November 1, 2022 at 3:14 am

    I make a video for epoxy
    keep on looking 🙂 have a nice day

  24. G L on November 1, 2022 at 3:15 am

    haha what’s with all these people saying this would take longer than 5 minutes? Keep up the great work my man.

  25. David on November 1, 2022 at 3:16 am

    Can’t argue with results like that

  26. Johnathan Sawyer on November 1, 2022 at 3:17 am

    Thanks man! Digging your vids!

  27. The Every Maker - Nick on November 1, 2022 at 3:17 am

    There is just something so satisfying about getting those super thin shavings on a freshly honed plane. My dad gave me his old plane and I tuned it up. He borrowed it back for a project and was amazed at how well it worked, LOL. Great video!

  28. Sly on November 1, 2022 at 3:19 am

    Jesus, 16k sharpening stones are expensive…

  29. rosebudforglory on November 1, 2022 at 3:19 am

    Good video – thanks for sharing. Please don’t do this click bait crap and ads in the middle are annoying. I looked at one the other day – it must have had 6-7 ads. I don’t know if I could justify $149 for a ceramic 16,000 grit stone – that’s what Woodcraft charges for them. I didn’t have the courage to look at the 30,000 grit. High quality wood workers and furniture builders sharpened tools without this expense for centuries. And back when furniture was better made and done everyday. My grandfather built a lot of stuff..he would have had a heart attack on a price like that not to mention what was it $124 for the jig. Too rich for most people’s blood unless you use it to make money every day. Also, isn’t that pretty aggressive – Woodcraft says you have to be careful because they remove a lot of material fast. Helpful, informative but not in most people’s budget. Could be wrong – it wouldn’t be the first nor the last. 🙃

  30. Graham Orm on November 1, 2022 at 3:20 am

    John. The point of the ruler trick (David Charlesworth), is to avoid having to flatten the whole back of the blade…..not to put a back bevel on it.
    On the blade you showed, you should spend more time flattening it so that you have at least 1/8th of an inch at the tip flat, the sides are irrelevant. Once that’s done you don’t need to flatten again until you’ve sharpened it down beyond the 1/8t inch. Thereafter a few rubs after sharpening using the ruler trick as Rob does will maintain the flatness and remove the burr. You actually introduced a back bevel which changes the geometry of the cutting edge.
    When stropping you need the strop on the bench like the stone, if you don’t maintain the angle you will blunt the blade you’ve just sharpened. You also need a sharpening paste or wax such as aluminum oxide and make a dozen or more passes still using your jig, but only the pull stroke. Have a look at my channel for a view of a chisel sharpened as I just described.
    ‘Thin’ shavings should be transparent. The knot that you avoided would have been a good example to plane and show the sharpness, especially with the block plane. Everyone’s on a learning curve mate. you’re well on the way. You have some lovely planes there, they are worth tuning well. Look up David Charlesworths ruler trick to see the inventor of it.

  31. Jordan Rudd on November 1, 2022 at 3:22 am

    I’m confused about the step where you begin by rubbing the glass stone on the diamond stone. Since the glass stone is finer than the diamond stone, are not just scratching up your glass stone during this step?

  32. X JWill on November 1, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Much longer than 5 minutes, headline lies.

  33. Andrew Royer on November 1, 2022 at 3:25 am

    Great video! how long do you sharpen for both stones to get the micro bevel?

  34. Jeremy Specce on November 1, 2022 at 3:25 am

    Nice concise sharpening guide. I have to look into this whole strop thing. Not totally clear on what it’s even doing.