How To Sharpen and Use a Drawknife
A brilliantly simple shaping tool that’s versatile, fast, and a pleasure to use
Synopsis: Shaping long, flat surfaces, concave cuts, face grain, end grain—it’s all easier with a well-sharpened drawknife. Windsor chair master Curtis Buchanan gives a tutorial on this valuable hand tool, from the different types of drawknives, to sharpening, to whether you need a bevel-up or bevel-down version. He also demonstrates how to hold the tool and how to use it to make complex shapes, smooth surfaces, facets, scooped surfaces, and more.
Drawknives are astonishingly versatile tools, capable of removing a huge amount of wood in a hurry, or finessing fine surfaces. They’re equally good at creating flat planes and complex curves. Used with the bevel up, a drawknife works well for creating long, flat surfaces. Used with the bevel down, it will make all sorts of concave cuts—from slight to severe. While cutting face grain, a drawknife allows you to cut between the growth rings to create stock…