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    New Irons: We have a problem

    Have a couple new plane irons showing up today. What do I need to do with them once they show up? Should I check the backs for flatness? I suppose I will need to sharpen them?
    Last edited by Steve Southwood; 10-18-2011 at 02:09 AM.
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    Yes-to both items.

    Oh, and enjoy the new irons.
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    Flatten and polish the backs. This is the slow part. Then you can probably get away with a very small secondary bevel at an angle just a couple degrees steeper than the primary bevel, and hone and polish that up.

    Also - if it's for a smoother, you might want to add in a little camber.

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    Irons for 60 1/2 and the #7. Thanks for the replies so far.
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    Cool, no camber. The jointer blade generally should be flat across.

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    Flatten and polish both backs. Unless they're Veritas blades, they'll need it. Even the Veritas will need polishing.

    Both should be reasonable sharp when you get them, but will need honing. You may want to add a micro-bevel as well.

    For good quality new blades, it shouldn't take much more than ten minutes per blade.

    No camber on either one, but you might want to ease the corners on both of them. Three or four strokes across the stone on each corner should suffice.
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    The blades are done. And yes they are Veritas. All I can say is wow, flat out of the box. Money well spent.
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    Ok the iron won't work in the #7 as it is now. It hits the mouth right as it exits. Do I need to back-bevel the mouth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Ok the iron won't work in the #7 as it is now. It hits the mouth right as it exits. Do I need to back-bevel the mouth?
    Got the frog moved all the way back?

    Blade may be too thick, but I've been able to use blades as thick as 0.125" in some of mine. Lie-Neilson sells "Stanley Replacement Blades" that are 0.093" thick. If all else fails, you can carefully file the mouth to make the blade fit. Collectors won't like it, neither wil 'purists,' but it's YOUR PLANE, so do what you want with it. I've filed a couple of mine...

    If all else fails, you can always try that blade in a 4Ĺ, 5Ĺ, or 6.
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    Try backing the frog towards the rear of the plane. What is the thickness of the iron? If it's .090" it'll fit. If it's .125", you might have to open the mouth, but don't change the plane until you've exhausted all other options.

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