STL 149: Sharpening demystified
Plus, the guys talk about migrating sawdust staining the surrounding wood, shoulder planes, green wood, and they take a deep dive on drawer fitting
02:00 – Question 1:
I’ve been working on a small box. The box is made primarily of jarrah with a basswood stripe that runs around the whole box. As I started finish sanding the glued-up parts, I noticed that the red jarrah dust was turning my basswood pink! This isn’t an issue on the outside of the box, where I’m carving away the pink surface of the basswood, but on the bottom of the lid it’s noticeable. The parts are already at their final thickness, so I don’t want to remove a ton of material to get rid of the pink stain. Is there I can do to get the red dust out of the basswood’s pores?
08:00 – Question 2:
My shoulder planes come with a blade that is slightly wider than the plane body. Should I grind the blade thinner? If so how is it best to do this? What are your preferences with shoulder plane set up?
- Phil Lowe – Turn Your Shoulder Plane into a Star Performer
- Chris Gochnour – 9 Reasons to Own a Shoulder Plane
13:25 – All Time Favorite Tool of All Time… for this week:
- Matt – 1″ Chisel
- Mike – The new segmented cutter head on his planer
- Ben – New toolbox
32:44 – Question 3:
I don’t really understand the sharpening process from start to finish and what tools are needed along the way. There is a lot of information about individual tools – i.e. water stones, grinders, sandpaper, etc – but not a lot of clear explanation connecting the sharpening process as a whole.
Could you please talk about the general sharpening processes, say for a chipped chisel versus new hand plane blades?
42:48 – Audible recommendation:
Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman
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46:48 – Question 4
I’ve been trying some spoon carving after reading Peter Galbert’s excellent article last year. The tools he uses are recommended for green lumber. What exactly is “green”? If I cut off a 3″ branch would it still be considered green a month later?
Also, is there anything you can do to keep lumber green longer, like sealing in plastic wrap or a garbage bag?
52:05 – Deep Dive: Drawer Fitting
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