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Handplane Reference #5: Sharpening Resources

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This is a blog entry that I am using to collect information on sharpening. I will be updating this information periodically as I come across additional information. Please feel free to contribute information if you desire.

Sharpening Books

The Complete Guide to Sharpening by Leonard Lee – Covers sharpening of tools in general. I own this book.

Taunton's COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED guide to SHARPENING by Thomas Lie-Nielsen – I have looked at this book a number of times and with the others I own felt I did not need it.

Sharpening with Waterstones by Ian Kirby – How to use waterstones. I own this book.

The perfect edge by Ron Hock – new sharpening book by the master blade maker.

Sharpening Videos

Sharpening Woodworking Tools by Leonard Lee – Covers sharpening of tools in general. I own this video.

Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening by David Charlesworth – I own this video. It is probably my favorite.

Precision Preparation of Chisels for Accurate Joinery by David Charlesworth – On my wish list.

Hand Planing and Sharpening by Rob Cosman. I own this video

Sharpening Web References

Scary Sharp Wiki – Wiki information on using sandpaper to sharpen.

The Woodbutcher's Homage to Scary Sharp

Getting an Edge with Waterstones, Oilstones, and Sandpaper- Fine Woodworking

Shop-tested Technique: Quick and easy sharpening – Wood Magazine online video showing how to sharpen

Brent's Sharpening Pages – Over 70 pages of detailed sharpening information.

Sharpening Products I own

Wolverine Flat Tool Sharpening & Honing Jig – Jig that can be used with the Wolverine Sharpening system to sharpen plane irons and chisels. I use the Wolverine system to sharpen my lathe tools.

Norton Water Stones – I have 220, 1000, 4000 and 8000 grit Norton water stones

Nagura Stone – Used on the 8000 grit stone to help it cut better.

Veritas® Mk.II Honing Guide – Guide I use to sharpen plane blades and chisels.

Veritas® Camber Roller Assembly for the Mk.II Honing Guide – Used with honing guide to put bevels on smoothing and block plane blades

Wolverine Sharpening System and Accessories – My lathe tool sharpening system. I have the various Jigs. I have not tried the diamond dressing attachment.

Work Sharp System – The web site has a video. Worth watching. I did a review of this tool.

Other Sharpening Products

Pinnacle Honing Guide – This a great looking Honing Guide. Karson owns one and recommends it.

Rockler Scary Sharp System – Glass and sandpaper in various grits

TORMEK Sharpening System 2006 – Ultimate Slow Speed Grinder. Some day I will have one.

JET Slow Speed Wet Sharpener Model 708015 – Jet clone of the TORMEK.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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Jeff

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#1 posted 2682 days ago

Another very helpful addition, Wayne. Thanks for posting. I own Leonard Lee’s book too. It’s a great reference. How is the video?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#2 posted 2682 days ago

The video is a little dry, but very informative. The David Charlesworth video is probably my favorite. I will get added to the list as well. I’m still adding stuff to the list.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 2682 days ago

This is enough for now. I’ll keep adding to it. There is a lot more info out there.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 2682 days ago

Wayne I purchased the Pinnacle Sharpening Jig and it’s great. It’s only a little more in cost than the Veritas MkII Honing guide, which I also have, but a lot easier to use and more accurate. It has a lock on both sides of the blade to keep it at 90 deg, where I’ve had the MKII allow the blade or chisel to shift to the side.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 2682 days ago

Thanks Karson, I’ve been eyeing the Pinnacle and will add it to the list. It is a good one Sometimes you want to be able to be able to Rock to one side (beveling plane blades for example). Does it allow you to do that?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 2681 days ago

Not really because of the wide base you really can’t rock the blade, You’d actually lift it off the stone.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 2681 days ago

So it sounds perfect for chisels and plane blades that are not cambered. Also would be good for creating a primary bevel if your creating them manually.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 2681 days ago

Very True on that. I read in some article that someone, In reviewing Norton’s new stones asked for a beveled flatening stone. Norton created one, I don’t know if it is a catalog item or not. But he flattens the stone with the camber and then sharpens straight.

But yes it is great for making the primary bevel. I used a diamond steel and in about 4 – 5 minutes it was flat and sharp (?) then I used ceramic stones to bring up the polish.

By the way have you seen the new Sharpton glass sharpening stones I saw it in Woodcraft but I don’t see it on their
web site price $250.00 for 50,000 grit

I screwed up its shapton not sharpton their web site is here and the grit is 30,000 not 50,000 if the web is correct.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 2681 days ago

Wayne: Here is an article from Fine Woodworking. You need the membership to view. Its issue 157 July August 2002

But there is also my blog on my Sharpening Station

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#10 posted 2678 days ago

Thanks for the info Karson. Have you tried scary sharp?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 2677 days ago

Yes I’ve used it a lot. I now want to try using the Pinnacle sharpening guide with scary sharp paper,

I bought some marble squares at HD and plan to cut them into a size that will fit in the Pinnacle guide and then mount the sandpaper to the marble slab.

I also read in the last couple of days about using a hard maple block and using diamond paste to do the sharpening. I’ve been using diamond paste on cast iron lapping plates and it works great.

I’ve got some 5” circles Diamond lapping film and it works great if you can keep the chisels from cutting through the film.

The film is used in the optical industry to polish glass fibers prior to joining them together.

I use it to sharpen my veneering knife using 5 micron and .5 micron to sharpen it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#12 posted 1733 days ago

Added a link to Ron Hock’s new book The perfect edge.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 1728 days ago

Added a link to Brent's Sharpening Pages.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 158 days ago

Hey, this is great; thanks for the references! I’ve seen a couple of those books at the library and will have to pick them up. Any chance you could also add some info on sharpening with diamond plates?

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#15 posted 152 days ago

Thanks Rob. I think BigRedKnothead has done some work with Diamond plates. I have not tried them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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