Initializing Your Hand Plane
How to get your new hand plane ready for work. Specifically, how to sharpen & set your blade.
In this episode I discuss initializing my new Stanley No. 4 plane using the sandpaper/flattop/stropping sharpening method and Paul Sellers’ thin shaving method for setting the blade.
Some of the primary lessons I learned in the process are the following:
1. The flat top and sandpaper sharpening method works well once per sheet. In other words, replace the sand paper each time. Overall, using this process is delicate, it works, but will take some time. If you have any substantial amount of correction needed in one of your new tools, I do not recommend this.
2. My temporary table is not heavy enough for planing. A woodworking tool bench has been elevated in project priority.
3. This particular model of Stanley Plane has a lot of backlash which can make adjusting depth difficult*
*Note: Since filming this episode I’ve been able to use the plane more. I will discuss the nuance more thoroughly in a future episode.
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Products Used or Mentioned in this Episode*
No. 4 Stanley Handplane: https://amzn.to/3jydakI
Stanley Sweetheart Chisels: https://amzn.to/3oyIJhR
Calibrated Granite Block: https://amzn.to/2Xs41QA
(Not directly used but would work)
Sandpaper: Local hardware store
Leather Strop: https://amzn.to/35AB6Pm
Irwin Quick Grips: https://amzn.to/2TJalmt
Ultra Sharp Diamond Sharpening Kit: https://amzn.to/3mvkMpT
Ultra Sharp II Diamond Sharpening Kit: https://amzn.to/3e3nuzN
Non-Slip Mat: https://amzn.to/2GNp7E7
Email: See contact section
Intro photo location
– Deschutes National Forest
Paul Sellers Channel
Room for Two by Dan Lebowitz (Licensed by YouTube Audio Library)
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