Chapter 0
Sharpening plane irons and chisels.
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Sharpening plane irons and chisels is easily done with a few simple tools and a little effort and practice. If the tool edge is in good condition a whetting may be all that is needed, try to avoid unnecessary grinding. If the tool edge is in bad condition squaring of the edge and grinding must be done. When grinding always have a can of water close by and dip the edge being ground often - reason - burning of the steel when grinding will destroy the temper and cause the edge to fail. Follow the old edge angle as close as possible. Most wooden plane irons, Japanese planes of good quality, have irons made of two layers in the area of the cutting edge these irons so will feel different when grinding be cautious.