How to Sharpen a Plane Iron for a Shooting Plane:
If you’re unsure when the last time was that you sharpened a plane iron, chances are pretty good it needs a touch-up to ensure a razor-sharp edge.
A shooting plane primarily slices through end grain, so the cutting edge of the iron needs to be super sharp. Randy Maxey shows you how he sharpens the iron on his shooting plane using waterstones and a leather hone. He sharpens without the aid of a honing guide or jig. Sharpening by hand is an easy skill to master with a little practice.