Sharpening Tools

The tremendous variety of cutting tools found in a woodworking shop has helped to create a similar variety of sharpening systems. They range from the plain to the exotic, and almost always rely on some kind of abrasive material. What Counts: • Type
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  • Plane Blades and Chisels Need a Flat and Polished BackPlane Blades and Chisels Need a Flat and Polished Back

    by Chris Gochnour

    A sharp-cutting plane blade or chisel depends upon the meeting between two flat, polished surfaces. That's why you need to pay as much attention to the backs of ...

  • Tool Test: WaterstonesTool Test: Waterstones

    by Chris Gochnour

    Synthetic waterstones are widely available and are more affordable than natural stones, but they have a reputation for dishing quickly, which spoils the flat surface ...

  • Using the FastTrack Honing Guide with Diamond PasteVideo: Using the FastTrack Honing Guide with Diamond Paste

    with Aimé Ontario Fraser

    Learn how to maintain the same honing angle for each iron

  • Honing GuidesHoning Guides

    by Cliff Colley

    Honing guides can streamline the task of sharpening chisels and plane blades so you can get back to the workbench. Cliff Colley tests eight types of sharpening ...

  • Inside Sharpening StonesInside Sharpening Stones

    by Garrett Hack

    Garrett Hack delves into the history and manufacture of natural and man-made sharpening stones. He offers suggestions on which type of stones to get, along with ...

  • A User's Guide to WaterstonesA User's Guide to Waterstones

    by David Charlesworth

    The more proficient you are at sharpening a blade, the more likely you are to keep your tools sharp. And sharp tools will help you raise the quality of your projects. ...

  • Honing Guides Aren't Just for WimpsHoning Guides Aren't Just for Wimps

    by Mario Rodriguez

    Developing honing skills requires a great investment of time and discipline unless you use a honing guide. In this article, Mario Rodriguez assesses four popular ...

  • A New Angle on WhetstonesA New Angle on Whetstones

    by Gerald Polmateer

    Gerald Polmateer takes a look at the care and use of oilstones and waterstones and the advantages and disadvantages of each. He discusses storage, care, and use, ...

  • Bench StonesBench Stones

    by Paul Roman

    The woodworker planning to acquire new sharpening stones for chisels, plane irons and the like has quite a variety to choose from. This article explains the differences ...

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