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Misc. Shop Stuff #1: This, My Friends, Is a Pencil Sharpener!

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 826 days ago 1451 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Picked this up at an estate sale, and only knew what it was because P. Leach had one in a Tool List some months ago. Yeah, I wanted the one he had, but just couldn’t pull the trigger. This one was more affordable…

Consider this style of sharpening an evolutionary dead end. At the time this was available, the other prevalent style of sharpeners were thimble-like devices with wings, that were turned. This is mounted to the edge of a table and the pencil is drawn across the iron. Not this one, though, ‘cause the iron is jagged and quite dull. So out came the DMTs.

Old habits die hard; I wanted a flat back to the iron and that wasn’t as easy done as said.

So I moved the stone to the edge of my bench hook to get better alignment of thumb and fingers.

With the back honed and flat all the way in, up to about 1/4” from the edge, all was right with the world. I’m confident the iron will not get more use than that in several lifetimes… I held the iron very low to the DMT to get a primary bevel on the face of the iron, the did just a bit of polishing with strop as final cleanup. There was lots of back and forth at this point, and I didn’t take pictures. I did stop before getting it to my best level of sharpening… too small to hold, and it’s only sharpening pencils, for goodness sake. That, and I’m certain someone will run their thumb across the blade to ‘see if it’s sharp…’

Anyway, another old habit. I simply had to flatten the ‘frog’ before setting the iron in place and giving it a try.

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It’ll take some practice, like all good toolwork, but not bad for a shop pencil! Okay, it’s pretty bad.

Love the new toy! Thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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Dallas

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#1 posted 826 days ago

Wow, I wonder why I’ve been using my pocket knife for so many years when there was this doo-dad!

Cool Tool!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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racerglen

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#2 posted 826 days ago

Smitty, impertinant question..
Is it a Stanley ?

;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 826 days ago

It doesn’t fit in the pocket, so that is a drawback. :-) I typically use a drywall knive to sharpen when out I’m out and about, but I’m not very good at that either although I get by.

You clearly need this, Dallas, and if you ever run across one, it’s likely the seller won’t know what it is. Which is fun!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Bertha

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#4 posted 826 days ago

I want one bad.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dallas

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#5 posted 826 days ago

Yup Smitty, I’m a sucker for tools. It’s getting so bad I let my wife sell off about 30 old sawsets that were in a box I hadn’t looked at in years.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 826 days ago

Dallas – Holy crap, 30 sawsets?? I hope I don’t accumulte that number of saws! You ’ da Man! :-)

Al, it makes me want to use more pencils! <grin>

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Dave

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#7 posted 826 days ago

Now that is a cool tool! The character it has is wonderful. Another great save and refurbish. Thanks for sharing Smitty.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Don W

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#8 posted 826 days ago

i’ve heard of them, but never really seen one. Cool find.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 826 days ago

Thanks, Super! The only thing refurb’d, to the casual observer, is the edge of the iron. The backside and frog work is invisible. That said, I hesitated before flattening the frog, but then decided ‘heck, it’s mine, I’ll do what I want because it ain’t for sale…’ Not like it’s a museum piece, right? And I want full contact of iron to frog. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 826 days ago

Don, maybe there’s one waiting for you to find in Ohio… You can do it! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 826 days ago

Glen – if I can find a Stanley iron to fit, it will be! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 826 days ago

cool do-da-dingy-thing or as we say dinge-not (long o)
thanks for sharing how it supose to work … :-)
never seen them before but wuold be great to have one in the toolbox
on a worksite out of shop instead of using the stanley knife all the time as everyone ells does :-)

Dennis

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 826 days ago

Sharpe

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 826 days ago

Dennis – I bet you could make one… ;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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mafe

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#15 posted 826 days ago

Love it!
It makes me smile.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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