Fettling new Router Plane cutters?

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    I have just purchased the Lee Valley 5 blade set to use in my Stanley #71


    Trying them out today & I found the underside rear/edges of the cutter are marring the face of my work at the knifewall once I reach a depth of approx 1mm in the recess. I’m practicing the leaf inlays as shown in the Hand Mirror project.

    Previously I only had the beat-up original half inch blade that came with the router & did not have this problem. It seems that the side & rear edges of the old cutter are a bit rounded vs the new blade side edges being sharp.

    Do I need to fettle these to stop them digging in to the face of my work, or is there something else I am missing?

    Also using a 12mm pine base on the plane.

    Thanks in advance.

    C White

    just knock the corners off with a smooth flat file, there is no need for the edge to be sharp. Of course do not take the edges off the blade itself!


    Thanks CW – I was thinking that buy was second guessing myself. Will give it a go.

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