sharpening

bench planes – honing

Once you’ve ground the blade to to about the right angle then you need to hone it in order to create a...

bench planes – sharpening angles

Once you have established the rough shape of the bevel (see previous post) the next step, referred to as honing or...

bench planes – grinding

grinding the bevel – the mechanical approach There are two basic techniques – the first method I’ll describe is the one...

bench planes – preparing the iron

Sharpening! A quick trawl of the internet reveals a typically bewildering array of opinions on this topic, and if you look...

bench planes – flattening the sole

In the previous post we found out how to check your plane’s sole for flatness.   If you buy a new...

bench planes – how flat does the sole need to be?

Given the function of bench planes it is unsurprising that the sole of your plane should be flat, but views differ...

bench planes – the cap iron

You might recall that the cap iron is the part that is held on top of the cutting iron with a shallow bolt....