I have a new Veritas scraper plane. The instructions on sharpening it
differs slightly from other instructions I have seen. They recommend
burnishing across the bevel and working down to a final 15 degrees
from horizontal. The following article instructs pulling the edge
from the opposite side (toward the bevel) first and then drawing it to
the side opposite the bevel. What is the difference? Which is
I've got the new Veritas, but haven't had time to sharpen it yet. Next week, I
hope. Anyway, I know for a fact that Lee Valley put a ton of research effort
into designing this plane. My guess is that Rob & people put a lot of research
into the best way to sharpen the blade. Let's not forget, his father
essentially "wrote the book" on sharpening.
Suggestion: try it their way and see what happens.
"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same
function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of
things." Sir Winston Churchill
Not to second-guess the maker, but on my 112 I've always taken a few flat
strokes on the flat side, just to smooth out the face a bit, and then rolled my
burr from the bevel side. Scrapers seem to be a very individual thing; I'd say
try both (probably more than once) and go with what works best for you.
I did it the Lee Valley way and I think it will work well, however, I
think the hook is turned too far by putting too much pressure on the
edge in creating the hook. Still experimenting. I don't see the
reason in "work hardening" the edge by first turning it back over the
bevel and then the other way.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Jimlemon) wrote in message
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