11 February 2013 at 5:37 pm #7746
I am new to all of this and trying hard with little knowledge so please forgive if this is a “silly” question! I have refurbished (to a degree) a stanley No 4 plane and am not sure how to set up the blade. I have a good edge on the blade and it cuts pretty well but leaves scores on the wood. I am not sure if I have the blade in the correct way up or if the entire set up is correct. I have trawled the internet (another thing I am pretty poor at) and failed, so far, to find anything that describes what I should do clearly enough for me to understand. Any help or pointing in the right direction will be very gratefully recieved
Mick11 February 2013 at 6:11 pm #7747jgust747Participant11 February 2013 at 6:46 pm #7758DaveParticipant
Paul recommends honing the corners off slightly. Check out his youtube channel. Also ensure tbe plane is taking uniform shavings across the width of the blade.
-Canada11 February 2013 at 7:42 pm #7762
Thank you both. I shall follow up these helpful responses and let you know the outcome.11 February 2013 at 8:10 pm #7764Gary HodginParticipant
When you hone spend a little more time on the corners to relieve them a bit. You do this by applying more pressure on the corners. A small square and a magic market helps you see what you’re doing. Put the square to the flat side of the blade and mark across the back side of the edge of the blade. As you hone you can see how much of the marker you have removed. More should be removed on the corners than in the middle. You can confirm this with your square when finished. There are different ways to relieve the corner but I just doing on my honing stones.
P.S. I’m pretty sure Paul’s plane sharpening video on you tube demonstrates how to apply pressure on the corners. He does this by “raising up” on the corners.11 February 2013 at 9:16 pm #7768
Thank you, your replies haven helped enormously. I did have the plane set up correctly but it is good to have that confirmed. The marker pen, corner tip has been most useful – thank you. On closer inspection I found some very small nicks in the blade probably from putting down flat on the work bench. I shall resharpen it and have better discipline in future. Thank you for taking time to help me with this it is much appreciated.
mick11 February 2013 at 9:51 pm #7769DaveParticipant
Mick, unless your bench is made of metal, putting your plane down on it won’t hurt it. Putting it down on top of a chisel, steel square or anything else made out of metal will cause those little nicks. I made a little holder in my tool tray for my plane when its on my bench.
-Canada12 February 2013 at 7:35 am #7790juryaanParticipant
Hello Mick,you should also check the sole of your plane , i had a similar problem on one of my planes also and just couldn’t figure out what caused this knowing my iron was sharp until i saw Paul’s you tube video on sole flattening.
You should take a look at this video,my problem is now solved.
Lopik - Netherlands12 February 2013 at 10:59 am #7800
Thank you one and all. I checked all the links and took your advice. My plane could now shave a path to a new universe it is sooooo sharp and the shaving is thin and smooth. Really appreciate all the knowledge gained and it has given me a little bit of confidence in the tool and its set up.
now to some more dovetail boxes……..
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