They make bits and blades cut like new, but are they worth the cost?
Synopsis: Sharp edges are essential for hand and power tool work. Hand tools are usually easy to sharpen right in your shop, but motor-powered cutting tools are a different story. Tablesaw blades, dado blades, jointer knives, planer knives, and router bits are best sharpened by a professional. In this article, Tom Begnal takes a closer look at sharpening services. He tells you what to look for in a good service and analyzes the dollars and cents of resharpening versus replacing a variety of blades and bits.
Woodworkers use all sorts of cutting tools, some powered by hand, others by electric motors. Either way, it’s important that every edge is sharp. Otherwise, the tools don’t work as designed.
Typical hand tools, like chisels and plane blades, sharpen relatively easily in minutes, right in the shop. But motor-powered cutting tools are a different story. Tablesaw blades, dado blades, jointer knives,…