Just a Rant about Sharpeners

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Blog entry by JustJoe posted 10-15-2013 05:37 PM 2121 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ran out of dogfood two days ago. This morning I ran out of people food that the dog would eat. That forced a trip into the teeming metropolis of Sierra Vista AZ to go grocery shopping. I figured as long as I was burning the gas I might as well stop at the ACE and drop off a tablesaw blade to be sharpened. Like most ACE stores, they no longer sharpen themselves but they contract with someone. You drop off your sawblade or jointer knives and come back in a week to pick them up.

But he’s gone. The one guy in a 75 mile radius who sharpens sawblades is gone. And get this:
They now contract with someone else who only does chainsaw blades.

WTF?!! The only person around who can sharpen tablesaw blades, jointer blades, planer blades, knives, scissors etc just decided this was a good time to die, retire, or move to Cleveland with that bimbo he met at pilates class and I’m stuck with some idiot who specializes in chainsaw blades??

In the desert??? Yea we’ve got so many @#$%^ trees we need someone to specialize in just chainsaw blades. I don’t think so bud.

Now I’m stuck in a town with three mcdonalds, two burger kings, and a super walmart.
I’ve got a Lowes, and a Home Depot, and even a Sutherlands (OK, that’s not saying much.)
but I have to drive 2 hours to get lumber, and I have to mail my sawblades out of state or drive 3 hours to Phoenix.

That’s just wrong. Luckily I have a surface grinder now, so when the jointer blades need it I can sharpen them myself. But I don’t have the room or money for a dedicated circular-sawblade sharpener and at 50-100 bucks each it’s not like I can just toss them out when they get dull.

There’s a sharpener for sale in Tucson. The ad says it need “rewiring” and I’m seriously thinking of buying it. I don’t have the money they want for it, but I could probably sell some bodily fluids and find some more change under the couch cushions. And I don’t have the room for it, but I guess I could put the china closet out in the shed to make some room in the dining room. I think it only does round sawblades, so it would pay for itself in about three years.
I’m thinking real hard about it. I’m a bit too far out of town to buy it and open a business, so there’s not much hope of sharpening other people’s blades to pay for it, but still it is tempting. Meanwhile I’m googling like crazy trying to find someone in south Tucson who does it cheaply. Who knows, if I don’t find one soon I might be doing another post about this great new sawblade sharpener I just bought.

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 06:35 PM

So when a tree falls in the desert, does it make a sound? Love your sarcasm and whit. On a serious note, buy that puppy and go back to ACE and pick up the contract to sharpen blades with them. You could set it up for a once a week pick up and drop off. Maybe set up minimum orders of say 5 blades to make it worth your while in gas and time. Heck I’m sure you probably go to town once a week anyway for sustenance.. dunno.. Just food for thought

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 06:36 PM

I’II contribute all the loose change in my car to your fund, if that would help.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 06:37 PM

Hey Joe, I love the way that you write. It’s colorful and a lot of fun. Have you seen Izzy Swans videos on youtube, he shows a jig where he sharpens table saw blades with a jig that uses a handheld grinder? Unless your getting some specific grinds maybe that would be a way you could go. I’m sure something will work out for you

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 07:01 PM

time to start a business!

-- Joel

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 07:12 PM

You could build your own sharpening jig if you feel brave enough:

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#6 posted 10-15-2013 07:17 PM

It looks to me that this is the perfect time to start a sharpening business, I am serious,, I love to sharpen blades.
(I am sick in the head, I know that too)

-- Bert

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#7 posted 10-15-2013 07:20 PM

harbor freight sales decent circular blades sharpening device:

Some body posted a review on LJs:

from a review:
Addendum after 72 days: My old dewalt blade seen on the bench in the video below is what I sharpened next. I sharpened up pretty nicely. In fact I’m leaving it in the saw for a bed build and I’ve been working with Walnut, maple, and jatoba for this. So far the blade that I sharpened has been working really well. So well in fact that I think I’ll spruce up this sharpener with new knobs, and a few washers to help align things. I’m upping my rating a star.

It is on sale for $45, this is the price of two sharpenings at my local store.IN the review on HF website a guy explains how he uses the jig t sharpen his band saw blades

-- Bert

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#8 posted 10-15-2013 07:22 PM

Well I emailed the guy on CL and asked a few hard-hitting questions about the sharpener he’s got for sale – how much work does it need, how complete is it, could he move the decimal point on his price over to the left about three spaces…

We’ll see what he says, but I just searched for sharpeners and it seems that ebay is flooded with those cheap little table-top things that harbor freight used to sell. It looks like I can have my pick from any of a dozen sellers for less than $70 bucks. Now I need to research them and see if they’re any good.

EDIT: b2rtch – thanks, those are the grinders I’m seeing on ebay. I thought HF had stopped selling them. At that price, I should be able to find a 20% off coupon and if it doesn’t work I can use the motor for something else.

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#9 posted 10-15-2013 09:48 PM

hell we just got a Subway,... and a Dollar Store..i thought i was priveleged…

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#10 posted 10-15-2013 09:58 PM

Justin that’s just sad. I don’t even need to go to the big city for a Dollar Store. I can drive just 5 miles to the little speed trap of Huachuca City (Huachuca is an indian word that means thunder mountain. Huachuca City is another indian word that means small-town politicking inbreds.) They don’t have a Subway, or a grocery store, or even a traffic light for that matter, but they have a Dollar General and a Family Dollar right across the street from each other.

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#11 posted 10-15-2013 10:24 PM

You can send them to Forest. They do a fine job in my experience.

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#12 posted 10-16-2013 09:21 PM

Well, on the upside, Sierra Vista is a beautiful locale. I spent time at Ft. Huachuca many years ago during my tour of duty. I really liked it there. But I was only there a few months, and during that time I got the impression that the dating scene was a bit sparse.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#13 posted 10-16-2013 09:35 PM

Brad the key to your experience is the “many years ago” part. Depending on when you were here we’ve probably changed immensely. We’ve grown, we’ve improved. The walmart got bigger, Po-Folks closed 10 years ago and the building is still vacant. Half the fast-food restaurants became pawn shops, half the pawn shops went out of business, and the 27 chinese restaurants are now 2 chinese restaurants and 25 korean or thai shops.
The front gate to fort huachuca finally got the tatoo parlor, harley store, and payday loan places that all big military posts need to stay competitive. The only steak place burned, was rebuilt, and then went out of business. We’ve still only got 4 circle-K on the two main streets but give us time – we’ve had every chain restaurant except Red Lobster come in, stay a few months and then leave. Right now we’ve even got a denny’s and an IHOP. Yea – suck on that Chicago! We’ve got anything you want, as long as all you want is food. And of course we’ve got the beautiful southern AZ sunsets. Nights me and the missus will sit out on the back porch swing as the sun goes down and watch the meth labs out towards Tombstone and Bisbee exploding. Sure is purty.

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#14 posted 10-16-2013 09:41 PM

joe, I’ve got one of those sharpeners sold by HF. I’ll send it to you for free if I can send you some blades from time to time and have them sharpened. I’m 56 years old and go through about a blade every 2 years, so its not like we’re talking an enormous number of blades. . Although I may have a stack that needs some attention.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#15 posted 10-16-2013 09:43 PM

I understand that Chuck’s Sharpening service in Tucson does a good job.

Shoulda tried about 20 miles east.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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