Sharpening With Oilstones
No jigs, no gadgets, no nonsense
Synopsis: Michael S. Podmaniczky discusses the steps necessary to take a chisel or plane iron from dull to sharp: establishing the bevel on the bench grinder, and sharpening on the various stones, from coarse to fine. He defines what he means by sharp and tells why he prefers oilstones to waterstones. He explains how to grind a tool, settle it properly in the tool rest as you’re grinding, and why it doesn’t pay to grind to a featheredge. He compares his sharpening method to others he’s seen and describes how to do it. Side information talks about how and why to grind the other side of the edge: the back.
There are legions of would-be woodworkers who think that the edge that their new chisel arrives with is forever. I know because I’ve met some of them. But charity and understanding are needed rather than contempt; after…