A hand plane’s effectiveness depends on the sharpness of it’s blade. Also called a plane iron, when dull it can skip over the surface, making gouges and splits in your wood. When sharpened properly, a hand plane can make paper-thin cuts precisely and quickly.
If a plane’s cutting blade is nicked or it’s bevel is rounded instead of angled, it can produce an uneven surface. Grinding should be performed on the blade in this case, followed by whetting on an oilstone or waterstone. Follow the steps below to keep your plane’s blade sharp.
– Remove the plane iron from the plane by lifting the cam on the lever cap.