Create razor-sharp edges in less time than honing by hand
Synopsis: 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 sharpening systems vary from horizontal sandpaper platters to water-cooled wheels. Some also include a dry, high-speed wheel for rapid grinding. Furniture maker Tim Albers tested seven systems on plane irons, chisels, turning tools and carving tools, evaluating each on ease of use and quality of cut. Systems reviewed include the Delta 23-710 and 23-700 Sharpening Centers, Makita 9820-2 Blade Sharpener, Scheppach TiGer 2000, Tormek SuperGrind 2006, Lap-Sharp LS-200, and Veritas Mk. II Power Sharpening System.
When I’m in the middle of a project, I hate to stop and sharpen my tools. Instead I find myself picking up another chisel or plane—even if it’s not ideal for the task at hand. Only after I have exhausted my supply of sharp chisels and…