Articles tagged "sharpening"
Single Point Honing Jig
homemade scary sharp single point honing guide jig
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Sharpening with a Bible

Page 3 of Richard Foster’s book Life with God says,

The average “Bible consumer,” publishing research tells us, owns nine Bibles and is looking for more. This is mute but powerful testimony to a deep and abiding sense of lack – a sense that we have not really achieved a grasp of the Bible that is adequate to our needs.

I know this longing.

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Grinding a Plane Iron with a Belt Sander

This tutorial explains how to grind a plane blade using a Viel Tools S5 Belt Grinder.

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How to test the sharpness of a plane or chisel

Here is how I determine if my plane or chisel edge is sharp. I have a high degree of confidence that this method is accurate and easy to replicate.

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Review: Viel Tools S5 Belt Grinder
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Teaching yourself to sharpen

I learned to sharpen by reading books, magazine articles, and internet posts. It was a long road. Actually, I should say “it is a long road” because I’m still learning, but I can consistently produce sharp edges.

Below is my advice if you are trying to teach yourself to sharpen through reading.

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Why is sharpening hard?

Why is sharpening planes and chisels hard, especially for beginners?

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Requirements for a sharpening system

Every year or so a new wiz bang sharpening system for chisels and planes comes on the market. Below are four criteria for evaluating whether a sharpening system will work or not.

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Sharpening Stand
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