#1
does anyone have any special tricks or suggestions for keeping a dececent edge on a plane or spokeshave blade for more than a few passes in wenge? as far as wood goes, this s**t is like kryptonite and after only a few cuts I have to sharpen my blades.

just seeing if anyone has any tricks... no flaming, please
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#2
I'd like to hear these too... I've heard wenge is... well... a heartless wench upon the tools of craftsmen...
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#3
my god you have no idea dude. my number 4 I get about 5-8 good passes then bam blunt and cratered to hell. my spokeshave held up pretty well... i got about 15-20 good passes then same effect. It's just relentless. When you cut it, it just has that sound/feel that it doesn't want to go anywhere. It's quite happy staying where it came from lol. The best thing about it, though, is that it's hard as a rock so i'm sure it's stable as all hell once you get through the hell of cutting it
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#4
Well, isn't wenge ridiculously hard? Anyway what are these plane blades made of?
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Well, isn't wenge ridiculously hard? Anyway what are these plane blades made of?
Apparently they should be made of wenge.
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Apparently they should be made of wenge.

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#8
a number 4 plane is $300 and a number 5 is $325

wtf are they smoking?
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#9
+1 for the lie-nielsen. I have a low angle block plane and it can even plane end-grain. Well worth the $100 I spent on it.

I also put a hock blade in my big plane with an upgraded chip breaker and it will go through anything.

What are you using to sharpen the blade. I use sandpaper up to 1500 or 2000 and then strop it with some compund. I can shave with it after this.
#10
I have japanese water stones but I haven't used them yet. I've just beein sharpening it real quick with a cheapie sharpening stone for the time being. I still need to give my planes a proper tune up... but who the hell has time
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#11
you need to buy plane blades from japan-woodworker, they last forever without being sharppened, called Bi-metal blades, the edge is super-high tolerance h ardenned steel, the non-blade part is normal steel (like stanley etc) so that sharpenning will go quicker
#12
The other advantage of a lie-nielsen is that you can use it right out of the box. No need to tune the plane.

For the waterstones, do you periodically flatten them? I sued to use stones but the adavatage of sandpaper is that you can put it on mdf or a piece of glass which is always flat.
#13
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a number 4 plane is $300 and a number 5 is $325

wtf are they smoking?

Meh I have seen a hand plane for $15,000




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was it made of Gold???
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#15
I've never found wenge to be that bad. It's the dence oil soaked woods like cocobolo and african blackwood that kill tools. Try working with the angle on your blade. A sharper angle gives you smoother easier cuts but it'll dull and sometimes chip with harder woods. A more blunt angle will last longer before needing shaprpend but it's going to take a bit more elbow grease to push the plane. I like to have a wider angle at the very tip and a "normal" angle for the majority of the blade like this
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