In this video Frank will teach you how to sharpen any plane including how to achieve the slightly convex edge of a smoothing plane. Your planes will be making the finest shavings and leaving your wood with a surface like glass after mastering the methods in this video.


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In this video Frank will teach you how to sharpen any plane including how to achieve the slightly convex edge of a smoothing plane. Your planes will be making the finest shavings and leaving your wood with a surface like glass after mastering the methods in this video.

Earl L. Houston, TX
Frank, how do you round the corners of the smoothing plane blade? Seems like it is a step that you would do before sharpening the plane blade.
June 30, 2014 20:04
Frank S. Waco, TX
HI Earl, You are right, if you are starting with a new iron, I would remove the corners before sharpening.

I usually lift up on the edge of the blade while sharpening on the coarse stone, thus rounding the corners. In other words, you really are just taking the corners off. You really don't have to do that every time--just initially, and then as you sharpen the iron down you will have to do it again. It really is a way to just take the corners off of the iron. This is only done on the smoothing plane. Now this is different than the camber, which you will follow every time you sharpen.

Let me know if this helps. If I need to I can post a video to help clarify what I am talking about.

Thank you!
July 1, 2014 12:27
Earl L. Houston, TX
Makes sense! Thanks for the feedback.
July 7, 2014 07:32
Anne B. Woodinville, WA
Frank, what kind of protractor are you using to measure the blade angle?
October 7, 2014 10:13
Frank S. Waco, TX
Hello Anne, I am sorry for the slow response here. You can use any sort of protractor, although the one I think I am using there is made by General tools, you might be able to find it at Lowe's. You can even use a sliding T bevel and set it against a simple protractor (like the kind we used to use in school) to obtain the angle and then use that as a reference. You can find a sliding T bevel from your home center as well. Hope this helps! Frank
October 29, 2014 07:51