Is It Time to Get a Fresh Edge?
Signs that your tools are losing their cutting power
Synopsis: It takes practice to know when your tools need sharpening. But for both hand and power cutting tools, the warning signs are similar: It takes more effort to cut wood and to control the tool while you’re doing it; the results are below par, with telltale signs such as burning, a dull surface, or tearout; and the edge of the blade itself shows signs of wear. Several of Fine Woodworking‘s contributing editors weigh in with advice on how they determine it’s time to stop cutting wood and start sharpening tools.
Beginning woodworkers are told often about the importance of keeping tools sharp. Deciding when to stop and resharpen or replace a tool ultimately depends on how much poor performance you’re willing to accept. Applying that lesson, however, takes practice. For starters, how can you tell when a tool is losing its edge?
Christian becksvoort calls…