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Re: Criteria for deciding when to sharpen

Sgian Dubh
Bill, the moment I reach into my pinny pocket for a lump of candlewax to rub on the sole of the plane to reduce friction, i.e., effort in pushing is, for me, generally the sign that the iron either needs a touch up now, or will do very soon. It doesn't matter much if I'm hogging off lumps of wood or undertaking some final skimming prior to sanding and polishing, the candlewax trick is a pretty good indicator that the iron's probably getting a bit duller than I'd like.

I suppose somewhere in there there's a mix of the KISS principle and the 'don't fix what ain't broke' motto. If so, I guess it doesn't matter much so long as I sharpen often enough and well enough to continue working, i.e., planing effectively. Slainte.

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Criteria for deciding when to sharpen
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Hey, I'm good!
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Simple experiment
Agree, except....
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Question
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Amen to that statement
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What's the downside of oversharpening?
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I find it curious.....
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disassemble?
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Some provocative thoughts there
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an experiment
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Testing the edge
Agree. I look instead of test
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microscope examination *PIC*
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Not to the level of Bill's picture..
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Re: it might be a case... *PIC*
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Pictures from the $12 scope
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Re: Pictures from the $12 scope *PIC*
lighting is everything *PIC*
Robt. Sorby..
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Brand for a quality 10x loupe? *NM*
BelOMO 10x Triplet Loupe
agree *NM*
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Re: The instructors of beginners...
Maybe they lack curiosity *NM*
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