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I use a protractor or square whenever setting angles and a quick guide can be made via protractor and sliding bevel, then create a constant guide in timber or ply.
Grind angle guides can typically be found stamped/engraved on the cap iron/chip breaker on most bevel up planes. 🙂 Muscle memory soon kicks in with practise, but – while there’s no real need for engineering accuracy – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with periodically checking for ball park accuracy. One person’s ideal honing/whetting angle can be another’s pet hate and visa versa. 🙂
Paring = 20 – 25 deg
Grind = 25 – 30 deg
Hone = 25 – 35 deg
A pretty broad range of angles with overlap between grind and honing/whetting angles. All depend on materials, tool type and the work to which any given tool is being applied. 😉