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Planer Blade Sharpening / Safety (or be very careful)
February 24, 2004, 04:55:10 PM
While sharpening planner blades I made one big expensive mistake.

When I slid to the left, over the honing wheel, I became slightly distracted and ended up easing the pressure off of the right end of the jig.  The jig dipped low enough for the blade to catch the leather wheel.  It quickly sliced out a chunck of leather and a little bit of the plastic wheel.

I was succeeding in getting the blade sharp.

A new wheel cost $50.00.

My first thought was to remove the honing wheel when sharpening planner blades.  That exposes the drive wheel.  I wouldn't want to replace that if I slipped.

I just need to be more careful and pay better attenion to the hands and the pressure each is applying to a long item.

Don W.
I recently sharpened my first set of planner knives.  It was easy enough but time consuming.  That is probably good for the first time.  The blades belonged to a friend.  It looked like he used them to chop rebar.  Another reason it took a long time.

The directions in the book were easy to follow.  I had only one problem.  The book says not to sharpen carbide blades.  The DeWalt 12.5 inch planner has carbide inserts on the blades.  This was the only part of the directions I didn't follow.  I got good results.  What is the problem with doing these blades.  I did have to redress the wheel often.  It seemed to smooth out quickly.

Waiting for my friend to put them to use to get a report.