Heat Treat: Hot Happenings at 360 Woodworking

bickford_0964As you read on our blog, Matt Bickford is in house this week to hold a class on how to make molding planes. During the class the guys making their planes need to heat treat the irons. Matt has a great setup for this process.

The entire package looks ominous, but Matt has the steps all worked out. Each participant in the class now has an iron for his plane.

The video below shows the treating. It’s cool to watch the transformation of the blade. It goes from black to burnt orange to bright orange to done. It’s then dipped in oil and placed into a toaster oven to slow the cooling process.

— Glen D. Huey

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2 thoughts on “Heat Treat: Hot Happenings at 360 Woodworking

  1. What kind of oil does Matt use? John Wilson uses peanut oil, I think I remember, for his plane blades.

    1. Mitch,

      Peanut oil it is, but any vegetable oil will work.

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