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  1. caerolle

    What would you do, if you found this in a friends firewood pile?

    Do they drink those there?????
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    Low end Markie?

    So, turn the other 'cheek' to get a full-a**ed one?
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    Reattribution of an old Violin

    Once again wanting that 'Like' button, lol.
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    Tool sharpening

    Michael, OT, but great to see a post from you in Maestronet again!
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    Tool sharpening

    Impressive! I tried some natural stones for a while, but am too impatient, and wound up selling them all. Of course, I also was not sharpening swords, lol. I don't even have a sujihiki, my longest is a 240 gyuto.
  6. I hope to never meet someone whose parents named them Bassoon...
  7. I have known a couple of Violas and indeed they were quite human like! In fact, I could not tell the difference.
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    sharpening plane blades

    That looks like a good book, thanks!
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    sharpening plane blades

    Nice jigs! Thanks!
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    sharpening plane blades

    Although I am asking advice from violin makers, I am actually doing trim carpentry. So, the slight camber on joining and smoothing planes comes in handy for me, and I am probably going to put a big camber on a crap #4 Mennard's plane I have to use as a scrub plane (though it is really too small and light for that). Thanks!
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    sharpening plane blades

    Thanks, Kev! Yes, trying to use a #6 plane on the edge of a 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 8' board using the set up I have is challenging. Unfortunately, it appears my bench is back-ordered, and I will not see it for at least two more weeks. I actually dressed and sharpened the blade on my #6 tonight just using my waterstones, and it went pretty well, though it took a while. The blade was kind of messes up, even thought it was new, so I spent a fair amount of time squaring everything up. I started on a 150-grit stone, then moved to a 320, before finally moving to where I had planned to start, a 1000. I tried freehand, but decided to use my jig, and it all worked out pretty well. A grinder would be nice, and probably necessary if I did a lot of woodworking, but I think I can probably get by with my stones or perhaps a diamond plate or two. I won't be doing any hollow grinds with those, though.
  12. caerolle

    sharpening plane blades

    So, I bought the Veritas yesterday when I picked up a plane. Still in the box, it's been a rough week. I tried out the plane as-is. I wound up having to get an open-box one they seem to have used for demo, or else wait a couple of weeks, (still have a lot of shavings in it, even! was hoping they would give me a discount, but no such luck, lol). Maybe it has been sharpened, maybe not. Feels sharp, but doesn't seem to cut that well. Then again, I tried it on a long board held by the crappy plastic workbench I have struggled with for years, and that did not go well—push the plane with one hand, try to hold the board with the other, and press down on the bench with one foot. I ordered a decent workbench last weekend, I hope it will be in tomorrow, so should have a better support for work by this weekend or so. Having a good bench will be a huge help beyond this project, am really looking forward to it! I have always wanted a real workbench, but really don't have the room. At the least, this weekend I should have time to take the plane apart and look at the blade to see if it has been worked on at all. Either way, I will probably sharpen it. I am not sure if I will use the jig or not. In doing a lot of reading and research, it seems that the people who strike me as the most knowledgeable and reliable put a camber across the blade, from a little to a lot based on the intended use. Though I did find a couple of people who say they do this with a jig by pressing harder and making more strokes toward the corners (one guy have a 5-section zone system, lol), this seems more of a freehand thing to me. Probably will have a go freehand and see how it turns out. Worst case, I put it in the jib and true it back up, then try something different. The blades that come in the planes I have/am getting are pretty low-end, only like $18 (compared with $60 for a Hock), so they are cheap enough for practice either way. Thanks to everyone for your help! Carol
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    sharpening plane blades

    Interesting, I never heard of these before. Definitely another approach! Thanks!
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    sharpening plane blades

    The guy where I bought my plane, and several of the YouTubers I have found, use diamond-on-steel plates for the 1000-and-lower grits. I used a 140 as a flattening plate for my water stones, and I am wondering if the diamond plates might be best for those bevel-setting/thinning steps. They stay flat, and seem to last forever, though probably not. Coming from the knife world, it was pretty amazing to see people 1) using a 16,000 for such a heavy-use tool, and 2) jumping from a 1000-grit to 16,000 in one step!. The guy I typically buy stones from really wants you to not exceed about 2.5X/step in a progression, but the other side of it is that he sells stones, lol. Thanks!
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    sharpening plane blades

    I level my stones after every use. Kills me to see all that grit run down the sink. I think I might get use of more of the surface area with tool blades, though. With knives the ends mostly get knocked off with the diamond stone and washed down the sink. I wonder about the higher grit, too. I am sure it puts a great polish on the edge, but I wonder if the thinness of the edge actually stays like it is off the stones. That has been discussed to some degree over the years on the knife forum I frequent, with of course strong opinions, or at least committed practices, on either side. Sure, going to really high grit, or stropping with compound and then smooth leather will give you a really, really sharp edge, but how long does that last, once you move from testing on paper to cutting tomatoes? Can depend on the steel and hardness, but can fall off pretty quickly then stay at that point for quite a while. I would think that pushing into wood rather than produce would be even harder on a really fine edge. But I could be wrong, too.