How to Sharpen Skewed & Straight Hand Plane Irons

//How to Sharpen Skewed & Straight Hand Plane Irons

In this video Bill Anderson shows how to sharpen skewed handplane irons and straight handplane irons.


Skewed irons are often found on rabbet planes (rebate planes in the U.K) and moving fillister planes.


This detailed tutorial is part of my DVD “Choosing, Refurbishing, & Using Joinery Handplanes with Bill Anderson” (buy the DVD or digital download here).


Joinery planes are used to make wood joints, so learning how to sharpen skewed and straight handplane irons is an essential skill for woodworkers who want to use hand tools. Skewed irons are preferred for cutting rabbets across the grain of boards and straight irons are preferred for cutting rabbets that run with the grain.


In the video Bill first shows how to properly grind a skewed iron on a hand cranked grinder:


Then he shows how to hone the plane irons on oil stones (water stones are great too):


If you find this 25 minute tutorial to be helpful, then you’ll love learning how to choose, refurbish, sharpen, and use most types of joinery planes (e.g. various rabbet planes, plow planes, dado planes, router planes, moving fillister planes, combination planes, shoulder planes, etc. ) on the full DVD.


Bill teaches classes at Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School, and is an expert in traditional woodworking and hand tools. You can see Bill’s profile and beautiful furniture here.




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"I'm wildly passionate about traditional woodworking with hand tools, and want to rekindle this lost art. At WoodAndShop I teach you the skills that I learn, and also share anything fascinating that I discover about traditional woodworking. That includes tours of traditional workshops, beautiful furniture, and my favorite tools and books. I hope you enjoy my videos, photos, and articles. Please feel free to leave constructive comments!"

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This is really helpful since I was looking into buying some older planes at a flea market. I was leery due to not knowing how to deal with skews and even flat ones in restoration.

I’d also like to enter the panel clamp giveaway you posted. Here’s the runner-up info and location.

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I love traditional hand tools and this tutorial is just what I need!

Now saw video, blue te shirt and the case with the picture of the bench plane


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