Sharpening a Hand Planer

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How to sharpen a hand planer; get professional tips and advice from an expert carpenter on how to sharpen carpentry tools in this free instructional video. View Video Transcript

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Fred Carson

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WILLIE: Hi. My name's Willie. I'm from Carson's Saw Shop, here in Eugene, Oregon, and I've been sharpening tools here for twenty-five-thirty years, and I'm here with Expert Village today. This is your basic hand plane here, Stanley Handyman. That's--probably, lots of people have this brand of tool in their home. Looks like you just pop--take that pryy thing loose, and then we have the blade out. If you take a look at it, you can see there are some pretty good nicks in there. And we can use this part of the tool right here to take the screw loose to get in there. Take this little part away from it. Check it to see if it's got any burrs on it. This isn't the cutting part but this is important for bringing the pieces out them tool. And then we--just take a good look, see where things--what kind of condition you're in. And we'll go ahead and try to match up what type of bevel it has here. You can change the bevel. It depends on what kind of wood you're using. If you're using a softer wood, you can go a deeper angle. If it's a real hard wood, you want to stay fairly blunt. Use the surface of the side. Get a nice, flat grind. Looks like it's even got some burrs hanging on the bottom so I'll kind of surface face it a little bit. Clean it up. Sometimes there are some rust pockets or little pock marks you want to get out. Yeah, this one's probably hit a few nails, it looks like. Every so often, it's good to dip 'em in water. This type of stuff can be done on a standard bench grinder that you have at home, if you're taking part of the bottom guard off so you have access to the side of the wheel. See? We're getting those nicks off of there now. It looks--it's looking pretty good. Now, we'll take a stone and we'll take that wire edge off. Once we get that done, then we'll set this piece back up to it, and it's supposed to be about a 16th of an inch past the blade. So that looks like about a 16th right there. I'll set it with that, use the top part to tighten this in place, and then all you have to do is drop it back into place. It's got that little spot right there that hooks in. Put this in place. And then you have some adjustment levers here. You can level it one way or another with this lever here and an adjustment for in and out right here. So it's a pretty easy tool to deal with.