Yesterday I was planing a 45 degree chamfer on a piece of plywood that I was
going to use for mounting a wall cabinet. I was using my 2 month old low
angle block plane when I suddenly noticed that it had stopped cutting like
it was. I look at the sole of the plane and noticed several scratches along
it, and then noticed that the blade had several dings in it. After
inspecting the wood, I noticed a piece of metal in it about the diameter of
a staple. Man was I pissed!
My plane was finely tuned to the point of producing the kinds of curls you
could read through. The dings on the blade were so bad I had to take it
back to the grinder and go through the whole sharpening process again.
Worse than that though, my new veritas plane now has gouges all along the
sole. Is it worth trying to remove these gouges? So far it doesn't seem to
be affecting the performance of the plane after I resharpened the blade.
The scrap of plywood I was using was some old 3/4" stock - so not high
quality. Has anyone else ever encountered this? I did a quick google
search and didn't immediately find anything, but I'm sure I can't be the
first person to encounter this.