For those who know, I care for my elderly mother. I don’t sleep well and find I’m always trying to catnap while watching her…’cause I’m always listening overnight. I sprang up at a cough last night…ran to her bedroom to assist. I’ve managed to get a little time here and there in my shop in the last 2 days.
Seven or eight years ago I bought a draw knife and two spoke shavers…garage sales I think. The draw knife was still marked $5.00…a bit rusty. Well, I finally sharpened up the draw knife and the spoke shaver today…with my Tormek sharpening system. Woofy…before, one could not have cut butter with the draw knife. Now, it’s scary sharp. Same with the spoke shaver. Trung the stone with the diamond tool was very important…something I had not done before…that is a real necessity with this system. And it works like a champ. There are lots of sharpening systems…and people get fantastic results with just waterstones. I do like my Tormek system though it was spendy. A good set of waterstones might do better or just the same. Either way, my time is limited. A machine sharpening system saves time, I think. Which one? I don’t know for certain.
I’m a sucker for advertising like alot of people. And I thought a water grinding system would work better considering that I’ve used the other kind of grinder with poor results…always getting the blade too hot, I’m sure.
So, I have a really sharp draw knife now…and hopefully I won’t use it on butter. I’m looking at making a Swiss shavehorse now. I don’t know why…just am. I’ve got too much wood around here now that needs to be worked and not alot of time to do it in. Slowly. Very slowly. Cheers…and thanks for filling out the Census. I think I told them I was a flying Buddhist bunny with purple leopard feet. Imagine the government bureaucrats trying to figure out how much of the federal budget people like me should get…it’s diabolical. We’re a movement, I tell ya.
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