- 28 Jun 2019
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They need to be set very fine to get them to work well.Firstly, the iron is in the plane upside down (in the first photo).
As the iron sits at 45 degrees, I believe it should be sharpened at the same angles as a bench plane i.e. grind at ~25 degrees, hone at 30 degrees.
And finally, that model of plane has a reputation of being difficult to use (impossible to get good results from). I don't own one (and have never used one) so don't know if that's true.
So, good luck.
It's all to do with the angle that the cutting edge attacks the wood. If you hone the cutting edge at 30 degrees and then put it bevel up on the 45 degree bed of the plane, the cutting edge attacks the wood at 75 degrees - this gives a scraping action (possibly suitable for some Australian hardwoods).The idea of having the blade bevel down is totally counterintuitive to my little brain.