Defiance plane update
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.
Last edited by 163481; 05-19-2017 at 05:55 PM.