I figured after a year or so of constantly using my smoother and block plane(the shoulder plane has yet to feel the need), I really needed to hone the blade a bit.I have used paper to sharpen the planes, but really didnt get into it, wasnt sure I was doing anything, didnt want to do more damage than good.
I use norton water stones, and Im satisfied with the sharpness of my hand chisels.(I run them over the end grain of white oak and as long as I can get a slice, Im happy)
I sharpened the plane blades, I put a one inch thick piece of hard maple into the vice, and I got even smooth cuts the entire 18 inch length of the piece.
The curlys stayed in one piece, the plane went smoothly through it.
How do I know if its sharp enough, or is it just sharp enough for me?
(I have to plane down a panel to fit a bit less snug under the window sill and Id rather take a bit off then risk running it through the table saw)