Just to follow up on the last blog where I answered the question on setting your bench plane and in this case a Stanley #4 smoothing plane, we put together a quick video to help everyone work through the steps and to see what someone like myself as a full-time, lifetime, lifestyle woodworker has disciplined himself to do over a 50 year span of six-days-a-week woodworking. Here is the video:
Sharpening and setting my plane iron for me stopped being a chore 49 1/2 years ago when I realised that without perfecting this task I would never perfect my work. I hope this indeed helps everyone to see it performed. The whole process takes only a minute or two max and I am back at my work. If indeed I have sharpened the three or four planes I use at the bench an average of say four times a day over 50 years working my personal six-day week as I do then it means I have performed this task 62,400 times. I don’t use nor recommend machine grinding because it is simply too slow and this method gets me back to the work in a woodworking heartbeat.