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Well, I tried to like Bill (schnewj)'s post but it wouldn't take. But thanks for that, Bill.

Now the update: I got tired of waiting for the honing guide and...having looked at Paul Sellers' video again...I sharpened it by handholding the iron at the appropriate angle. All the further I went was 400 grit and that made it plenty sharp enough to flatten and straighten the frame rails on the workbench. I've still got 1000 and 1500 abrasive and I will get back to honing a little later (probably when I need to use the plane again).]

After sharpening I did some test passes on a 1X2 and managed to shave off long, curly shavings the whole width of the board and as long as I wanted to push. And it was not all that hard to push. So I tackled the bench frame and it only took about 25 minutes...with regular pauses to check the progress...to get the job done. It even cut through dime-sized knots without a problem. Looks like it's gonna be a reliable user albeit not very pretty.

The next part of the project is to add the top and then the vises. I will most likely use the plane again to flatten and square the vise jaws.
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Expectations meet, if not slightly exceeded. Well done Chuck!!
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Ah, another hand plane addict in the making. Really satisfying, isn't it?
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I'm kinda surprised...it only took a few strokes for me to get the feel of the tool and get the technique back. Now I'll have to get more practice, practice, practice...
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I'm kinda surprised...it only took a few strokes for me to get the feel of the tool and get the technique back. Now I'll have to get more practice, practice, practice...
Keep the iron sharp, pay attention to grain direction and you're golden.
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Keep the iron sharp, pay attention to grain direction and you're golden.
Thanks, Bill. And thanks again to everyone who chimed in.

I'm going to have to delay finishing the workbench for a while. My sister-in-law is having some health problems and the wife and I will be concentrating on her for now. I'll start a new thread on the progress of the bench in a couple weeks.
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