Hand Tools Archive

Re: sorry, but you're wrong- you don't need 12 deg

david weaver
12 degrees is probably something someone came up with in regard to a cycle of work before sharpening. Either that, or they took common pitch and subtracted the lowest angle where an iron fails only by wear (which is somewhere around 33 degrees for most irons).

I've had less, but as Brian said, frequent sharpening is necessary, unless you want to lean on the plane.

In this plane, I'm going to shoot for 30 degrees bevel and 10 clearance, but I sharpen freehand, so that just equates to "a little less" steep than I normally sharpen bevel down. Or who knows what....I'll just do whatever works well assuming the plane ends up being a plane that works.

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