As you may have read I've been returning to the roots of woodworking by dusting off my hand tools and purchasing a few new planes. An important first step after purchasing a new plane is something called "Fettling", which is a pretentious way of saying prepping the plane by flattening the sole. While there are a few other things that also need to be checked and tweaked, the sole flattening is the biggie. I've successfully used wet/dry silicone oxide sandpaper for this, but the trick has always been finding an uber-flat surface to stick the paper. I was at Woodcraft today and noticed that they are now offering a large slab of granite for this operation, and I can't think of a better solution. Great idea Woodcraft!
This same set-up can be used for sharpening and honing your plane's iron (blade) and your chisels, using a rolling blade guide, so it's a multi-tasker too.
This blog is one of several started by a husband and wife who were soon to be empty-nesters. Since enjoying years of being parents, we knew that we would need to fill that void with something, and what you see is the result. Click our profile to see how far we've come, and feel free to leave a comment or two. Jandy and Scott