The irons for my Stanley #5 need the primary bevels reground...so, here we go:
|You can see that the secondary bevel has all but overtaken the primary bevel. I have two irons for this plane, and they are both in this state. Time to put a fresh 25 degree primary on.|
|I used an angle gauge to set the rest to 25 degrees.|
|And here goes nothing!|
I've tortured my irons lately, planing through Brazilian cherry, redheart, and bubinga. They've taken it well.
I figure, if you're reading here, you probably have your own way to do your cutting edges, so I won't get into that too much. I just hit these on the 1000 and 4000 grit waterstones and called them done. I'm pretty sure that running a jack plane iron up to the 8000 grit is a waste of time. I save that stone for the irons that will do finish work and chisels.