Sharpening - Fine Woodworking Tool Guide


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 ...

  • A Tool Kit for Sharpening HandsawsVideo: A Tool Kit for Sharpening Handsaws

    with Chris Gochnour

    Find out which tools are required to revive a dull handsaw

  • Sharpening MachinesSharpening Machines

    by Tim Albers

    It's easy to be attracted by the host of machines on the market that promise to help make the task of sharpening tools faster, easier, and more accurate. These ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Handplane Tune-upHandplane Tune-up

    by David Charlesworth

    Frustrated because the new handplane you bought doesnt give you the fine shavings you expected? David Charlesworth shares a trade secreta new handplane should be ...

  • 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, ...

  • Grinding Wheel PrimerGrinding Wheel Primer

    by Jerry Glaser

    Jerry Glaser says good results on a bench grinder depend on having the proper grinding wheel for tool steel. You’ll also need a means of keeping the wheel dressed, ...

  • The Humble ScraperThe Humble Scraper

    by Stephen Proctor

    “Scraper” seems a poor term for such a fine tool, a tool capable of the finest of cuts and the heights of accuracy, writes Stephen Proctor. He outlines the various ...

  • Jointer TalkJointer Talk

    by Jim Cummins

    After Jim Cummins set up one of his jointers for finish work, he realized how his work habits influence the machine’s performance. He details how he reads his machines ...

  • The BacksawThe Backsaw

    by Ian J. Kirby

    “Backsaw” is a generic name for any handsaw with a metal stiffening strip along its top edge, opposite the teeth. Ian J. Kirby says it’s a versatile tool for cutting ...

  • Japanese BladesJapanese Blades

    by Toshio Odate

    Toshio Odate describes his early training as an apprentice in Japan and the painful, but lasting, lessons he learned there. Then he describes Japanese blades, how ...

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