Two "patients" came to Fine Woodworking and contributing editor Gary Rogowski for help with one of woodworking's more common woes-sharpening. Both Aaron Petersen and Marco Cecala are longtime power-tool woodworkers who had starting using hand tools within the past few years. Petersen was most frustrated with his chisels; Cecala with his handplane blades. Look on as they learn the secrets to a sharp edge: flattening the back, achieving a good hollow-grind bevel, and finally, honing the edge.

Sharpening Doctor in Action
Watch the sharpening clinic as it happened in a companion video series:

Introduction
Part One: Flatten the back
Part Two: Grind the bevel 
Part Three: Hone the edge 
Conclusion



From Fine Woodworking #206