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You good folks might recall that I began playing with planes a week or so back. You provided much good information. Here is what I did and I offer it only in the hope it might help some other rank amateur.
Made up an order for a full set of Lie Neilsons. My wife saw it and said "Isn't that remarkable; that is just about the price for the divorce." I moved on and acquired a few old Ebay models. Did not want to invest in serious sharpener machine ($200+) so I took belt sander and clamped it upside down. Took plane blades down to approximate bevels. Discovered Rockler had a little sandpaper sharpening system that cost me less than buying all the pieces (glass plate etc) for that system. Used all the grits etc. on the Rockler glass plate with the plate sitting on the "bench cookies" Rockler sells. I also bought a Veritas honing/sharpening system. Yesterday got all blades shiny and clean and able to shave nice long curlies. Today I go for hairless arms....as everyone recommends.
It may not have been pretty but the #3 Stanley will now go four feet straight down a 2X4 making a clean curl all the way.
It really IS a satisfying technique.
Oh. I also gave up the bench grinder. It was actually more than I ever used or needed anyway. Too scary.
Thank you all.
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Warren....

outstanding!!! There is something about using a hand plane, big or small that I find just kinda zen like. (when its working like it should *S*) Its a shame the wife caught on so quick to the Lie Nielsens...they are about as good as they get. I say "about" when you consider some of the not so "commercial" makers out there produce planes that are claimed to be just about other worldly in performance. I can only imagine.....

Sounds like you went the Scary Sharp route for sharpening. A very very good way to put on a quality edge. In fact, I just ordered a selectioin of PSA paper from Tools for wood working:

3M Micro Abrasive Film for Scary Sharpening - PSA at Tools for Working Wood

From the sounds of it, you got the technique down and are already achieving good results. A little paraffin or paste wax on the sole of the plane helps it 'glide' over the work piece. Also helps in preventing rusting up of the plane.

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Thanks for the tip on the Tools For Woodworking site. I already had a selection of various stones including some pretty nice ones so I figured stones and quality "papers" and it would get things sharp enough for my occasional use.
I saw a review of a custom made plane that quoted a price somewhere OVER $1000!! It must be a delight to the hand AND eye.
Okay. Thanks. I have some chisels to do today and then everything is ready to go for a busy winter season.
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Made up an order for a full set of Lie Neilsons. My wife saw it and said "Isn't that remarkable; that is just about the price for the divorce." I moved on and acquired a few old Ebay models. Did not want to invest in serious sharpener machine ($200+) so I took belt sander and clamped it upside down. Took plane blades down to approximate bevels. Discovered Rockler had a little sandpaper sharpening system that cost me less than buying all the pieces (glass plate etc) for that system. Used all the grits etc. on the Rockler glass plate with the plate sitting on the "bench cookies" Rockler sells. I also bought a Veritas honing/sharpening system. Yesterday got all blades shiny and clean and able to shave nice long curlies. Today I go for hairless arms....as everyone recommends.
It may not have been pretty but the #3 Stanley will now go four feet straight down a 2X4 making a clean curl all the way.
It really IS a satisfying technique.
Oh. I also gave up the bench grinder. It was actually more than I ever used or needed anyway. Too scary.
Thank you all.
My advice..ditch the wife buy the Lee Vally planes..JUST KIDDING.

How do you like the Veritas sharpening system? Is it repeatable? By that I mean can you insert the plane iron in the jig and maintain the original angle or do you have to go through all the series of grits each time you resharpen?

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My advice..ditch the wife buy the Lee Vally planes..JUST KIDDING.

How do you like the Veritas sharpening system? Is it repeatable? By that I mean can you insert the plane iron in the jig and maintain the original angle or do you have to go through all the series of grits each time you resharpen?

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Not sure I'm tracking with ya Steve. I lock the iron in the guide and then do whatever I want with it....stone.....paper from 800-2000 grit...whatever. Once iron is in the guide the angle stays the same until you change it.
I like the system. It's a little fussy and of course everyone who pays attention knows that Veritas has a brass knob fetish (S) but it works fine for me. I'm of the impression that everything they make is sorta "over-engineered" and "over-built" but that's okay.
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I agree that the Veritas Mark II sharpening guide is well worth the price. The slip-on positioning guide assures that the blade being sharpened is both square to the guide and in the right position for the desired bevel angle. Thus, repeating the bevel angle consistently is a cinch. Plus, the little knob (brass, of course) with the dot allows the honing of a secondary micro-bevel, again with consistency.

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