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Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« on: February 12, 2013, 03:18:48 pm »
 I have 10 sets of blades/knifes that came with the 15" planer I bought. All are in good but dulled shape, No nicks or chips, evidently swapped out in timely fashion it seems. I have tried to find a local source for sharpening them to no avail. The only place I've found is near New Orleans and they want .65 per inch, which is a bit higher than I was hoping for. That's over 300 bucks for all the knifes I have to sharpen..... :-[

I did find a Makita sharpener never used for a decent price, one made for planer knifes up to 15 3/4".... but I have not yet heard back from the seller.

What do you planer owners do for sharpening?

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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2013, 03:39:04 pm »
I have a woodmaster 20" planer & use a Tormek sharpener. Does a pretty good job.
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013, 03:46:02 pm »
There you go!   :)
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 03:47:31 pm »
Cypressstump, I send mine out. I am not that good at sharpening ;D Tim

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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2013, 04:14:51 pm »
Thanks Much Roxie !!! 

Im not into spending too much if I can help it, not saying that .65 cents per inch is not the going rate, but, dog gone it, I just bought the planer,,, looking fer a break ! ;D  I made/modified a wooden jig, but currently limited on correct length and grit sandpaper to hand sharpen them, but did give er' heck and managed to help a bit with some 400 grit roll paper and surprisingly a correct angled profile or so it seems.

I surely hope the seller of that makita unit comes thru, it looks like a very nice tool to have for all flat edged tool sharpening needs.


Now there ya go Jim, jus' had to rub that in a  bit huh ? ?   ;)  I was trying to deal on a nice 20" Woodmaster, made the guy a cash offer, he never responded to me personally. 2 weeks later I call him, he sold the thing a few days eariler for the same price I offered... just my luck.

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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2013, 04:37:00 pm »
cyprussstump - i have the makita and it comes with 1000grit stone.  it's nice for finishing the blades but takes forever to get to that point.  i have been thinking about making another coarser stone for the unit.  al
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2013, 04:45:22 pm »
I have a friend who sharpens mine. I saw logs for him in return.

I have a Jet Wet Sharpener and the Tormek planer blade sharpening jig will work on it but I haven't been able to pull the trigger on one so far...especially with my buddy being adept at sharpening.
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2013, 05:32:36 pm »
i use the grizzly brand planer blade sharpener for my 15 inch blades... actually all my blades., i even "freehanded" a couple 3" blades off my hand joiner the other day... not recommended by the health and safety org.

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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2013, 05:40:07 pm »
I've watched my father sharpen his Dewalt 12" blades using a standard bench grinder.  He clamps a simple 2 piece homemade jig to the tool rest on the grinder to keep the blades a consistent distance from the wheel and just slides the blades across the wheel by hand.  He makes light passes until he gets a bur rolling over the back of the blade.  Once that's done he cleans them up a bit on the finer wheel using the same jig and then runs an oil stone along the edge by hand for good measure.  It's crude and I would have told him that he'd end up with wavy edges had he asked my opinion first, but his blades turn out amazingly sharp and even. 

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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2013, 06:33:45 pm »
Cypressstump,  I have used 400 grit on my 6" belt as well.  I thought it worked out well...but im as cheap a do it yourselfer as ther is.  And my furniture is rustic.  Good luck
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2013, 07:19:54 pm »
I used to attempt it but, finally gave up. I send em  out for what it's worth

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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2013, 07:41:41 pm »
I also have the Grizzly sharpener for my Grizzly 15 " planer and 6' joiner.
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2013, 08:50:19 pm »
I do my own. Wooden jig on a 12 inch bench disc sander.If I feel real picky, I mount a white stone on the spindle of my vertical milling machine. Works good, but too Dang slow. There's a local guy who has a part time business sharpening planer blades for all the local cabinet shops. Think he charges 50 cents / inch.
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2013, 10:15:51 pm »
Cypresstump,
  I have a 16" Makita I bought in the 70's and use it a lot. Thousands of feet of lumber through it. I bought vertical  1 inch  belt sander from Lee Valley tools years ago along with quality belts. Clamped a steel rule, set the table at the correct angle  and move the blades back and forth by hand very evenly and it does a wonderful job. It just takes a little longer to remove nicks but they also vanish quite quickly. The sander was made in Quebec Province and sold at that time for $65.00 probably a little more now. It also sharpens the blades on my Makita hand planers . Haven't sent a blade out for years to be sharpened. Email me if you would like some photos of the unit and I'll be happy to send them to you.
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2013, 07:15:54 am »
cyprussstump - i have the makita and it comes with 1000grit stone.  it's nice for finishing the blades but takes forever to get to that point.  i have been thinking about making another coarser stone for the unit.  al
This is the issue with the various water stone based grinders on HSS blades/tools.  I use a Tormek to sharpen my 13" planer and other HSS blades (jointer blades and lathe tools), with the newer black silicon carbide wheel (I think it is called SG-250    http://www.amazon.com/Tormek-SG-250-Grindstone/dp/B0013N8Z0A ) replacing the gray/green one that came standard.  It still is a chore for the long planer blades but at least the stone isn't wearing very fast.   65 cents a foot isn't that bad, it's $1.00 around here.   
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2013, 01:56:47 pm »
Thanks for the excellent feedback fellers !  Apprciate it much !


I am picking up the unit today, brand new never opened in box for 250 bucks. I have read on line of a nice 120 grit and 6000 grit stones at reasonable prices. The unit gets mixed reviews as anything would on-line. I think it will serve me well, from what you've reported to me on the unit.
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2013, 04:39:05 pm »
Keep your fingers off that stone! It will feel nice and cool while it turns red!   :o :o :o
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2013, 05:04:12 pm »
Good info,,,   but the courious guy I am has to ask,,,, Just how would know that ? ;D
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2013, 08:10:43 am »
Well, The unit was almost as described to me, in the box, but slightly used, not new and un-used as said. But it did come with the standard 1000 grit stone plus the 6000 grit and a clamp for shorter jointer sized knives.

now the fun  learning begins.
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Re: Anyone Sharpen their own planer blades?
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2013, 12:49:50 pm »
Good info,,,   but the courious guy I am has to ask,,,, Just how would know that ? ;D
Think I read it in a FWW review, then being the curious guy I am I tried it myself happens pretty quick!  :o :o :o
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