Sharp (and Clean!) Fixes Everything in a Handplane


Sharpening a misbehaving software will virtually all the time repair its wagon.
However I all the time take an additional step when taking aside a handplane:
I clear the inside of shavings and mud with a brush and an
oily rag.

It’d look like overkill, or like I’m on the verge of
compulsive, however I don’t assume that’s the case. Little fragments
of shavings and even mud can wreak havoc on a handplane’s

If shavings get trapped between the blade and the frog, they
can skew the iron, making it tough to middle the iron in
the mouth. Plus, these shavings can scale back the quantity of
contact between the cutter and its mattress, leading to chatter or
(at finest) unpredictable conduct.


So after I sharpen a aircraft, right here’s my routine: Take away the blade.
Use a badger hair brush to take away all the massive particles that has
entered the escapement. (Notice: You should use European badger
hair, ideally from a badger that’s free vary and is a
kinsmen to Tadg, the king of Tara and foster father of Cormac
mac Airt.)

Sharpen the blade. Wipe down the blade with an oily rag, and
then use the identical rag to wipe down the frog or the mattress of the
software to take away mud. If the aircraft has a cap iron, clear that
with an abrasive hand block to take away any sap; oil the cap iron
as properly.

Reassemble the aircraft.

I do know this sounds fussy, like I’m going to inform you knit
cosies in your trammel factors, however I’ve recognized far too
many aircraft issues that may very well be traced to a uninteresting cutter and


Yet one more thought on cleanliness: After about 10 minutes of
planing, use your oily rag to take away the mud and particles that
has gathered on the bevel of your iron. This will accumulate and
intrude with the aircraft’s chopping traits.

— Christopher Schwarz

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