Block plane

  • 21 May 2017 2:52 PM
    Message # 4844623

    I was given a block plane from my grandfather.  It looks to be in decent shape, the only thing my untrained eye sees is that the blade isn't square. It's out of square by about an 16th or so, any suggestions for making it ready to work?  I am pretty new to wood working. 

    This like will take you to a picture of the plane.

  • 22 May 2017 2:21 AM
    Reply # 4845188 on 4844623

    Have you taken the blade out and checked it with a square? It could just be sitting skewed. If it isn't square you can use a rough stone or grinder if you have one. I had a blade that I had sharpened before Rob's workshop and I had to use my very rough whetstone to get it back square again (I don't own a grinder yet).

  • 22 May 2017 4:39 PM
    Reply # 4846346 on 4844623

    I have a bench grinder, but am not sure what kind of shape the wheels are in.  I also have a chisel sharpening wheel, but that stone has a large crack in it so I don't want to use it.  

    I don't have any practice with using the grinder and am afraid I'll do more damage than good.  I don't have stones yet, one of the things I was looking at buying in the near future. I used a speed square to tell me if it was square or not.  It showed me the cutting edge of the blade was "wavy" not sure how else to put that. 

  • 23 May 2017 12:58 AM
    Reply # 4846863 on 4844623

    Square it off with a file then put a bevel on with the file.  That is what they did when that plane was made

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