How To Install Block Plane Blade • Complete Sharpening Series Video 37

How To Install Block Plane Blade • Complete Sharpening Series Video 37

Block Plane

In this video I show how to install and adjust the blade into a block plane.

This is the 37th video in my complete sharpening series. In this series I will use the following tools and machines: Makita 9820 electric water stone with an after market sharpening jig, Bosch belt sander, Porter Cable belt sander, Mitutoyo combination square, General Sharpening Jig, DMT Diamond Stones, and various chisels, plane irons and scrapers.

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  1. AskWoodMan on April 29, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    @smfield Yes I have to because the mechanism that shifts the blade is so worn out. The much softer than tool steel lever just could not stand up after all these years. I need to get a small piece of 4140 and fabricate a new one at some point….or just tap it with a hammer. Always enjoy hearing from you.

  2. S F on April 29, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you for this video. Will you please tell me what make and model this plane is? I used to have a Stanley block plane that had a screwdown thumbnut to tighten the cap iron like this one in your video, but I can’t seem to find one. All the new block planes I look at have a lever that goes from about 4 o-clock to about 8 o-clock to tighten the cap iron and when I work it gets loose from me hitting it with some part of my hand or something and it never seems tight enough anyway. So if I could get the info on this one maybe I could find another like it.

  3. Shulom Ben Ruban on April 29, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    You tap the plane like the Japanese do for their Draw Planes.

  4. jrozanec1 on April 29, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Allen , Am I understood correctly that indentations in grey iron sides are caused by strong hand grip? 🙂

  5. Robin Ellis on April 29, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    That is a beautiful block plane

  6. MrRichot on April 29, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Yo, hi Allen,I hope new venture is going good. At present I seem to be making nothing but signs ! and I,m loving it using, pyrography and of course that router that purrs and a fair array of other tools, learning all the time. You guessed it I,ve bought some more new tools Yeah! Just bought a block plane stumbled on your vid after watching some quite unhelpful ones. Wife let me keep it in lounge on the shelf till its sharpened today bought diamond stone so here i go All the best keep well.

  7. AskWoodMan on April 29, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Len you are correct. Bevel up on block plane. Bevel down on planes with chip breaker. Get some poplar and experiment. You can’t hurt anything and once you start working with the two styles it will be clear. Have you seen the new sharpening videos on my channel for the new jig I came up with? Keep in touch. Allan

  8. len white on April 29, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    I am right in thinking that the bevel of the blade is flipped one way for a Block Plane & the other when assembling Jack planes.I have watched many videos & am still confused…
    Thanks, Len.