10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #4: |Step 3| Learn how to Refurbish, Tune, & Sharpen Tools

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 04-15-2014 03:18 PM 1845 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: |Step 2| Setup Your Workshop & Tool Storage Part 4 of 10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools series Part 5: |Step 4| Learn how to Use Woodworking Hand Tools »

My wife loves to say, “hun, I think you love restoring hand tools almost as much as woodworking!” I think she’s right. There’s something magical about taking an antique (and very well built) woodworking hand tool and bringing it back to working order. Removing the rust, tuning up the parts, and sharpening the blade gives a feeling of satisfaction; especially when seeing the finished result. I get a feeling of a connection with the past, with my ancestors, with a time when things were made and done with a sense of pride and quality.

You’ll soon realize that buying, refurbishing, and collecting heirloom hand tools can become addictive. I’ll add more and more video tutorials to this page (at as I refurbish more and more types of traditional woodworking hand tools. So keep checking back!

3.1 Sharpening hand plane irons (blades) and chisels:

VIDEO: Deneb Puchalski shares a fantastic tutorial on how Lie-Nielsen company recommends that you sharpen plane irons (sorry, embedding playlists doesn’t work on Lumberjocks, so watch it here).

3.2 Sharpening a handsaw:

VIDEO: Englishman Paul Sellers shares an in-depth tutorial on handsaw type and sharpening techniques:

3.3 Sharpening a Chisel or Plane iron:

VIDEO: Here’s a great (albeit lengthy) video on free hand sharpening of various tools:

VIDEO: Two great videos from Highland Woodworking and Lie-Nielsen on grinding and honing chisels:

3.4 Sharpening a Card Scraper:

VIDEO: Englishman Christopher Tribe shares an excellent video on how to sharpen your card scraper:

3.5 Refurbishing hand planes:

VIDEO: This is a really long video about hand plane restoration, but it’s very detailed. I’ll finish my much-shorter video soon:

3.6 Refurbishing chisels:

VIDEO: This video shows how to refurbish old flea-market chisels to beautiful working condition:

3.7 Refurbishing handsaws:

VIDEO: Honestly, this isn’t a great tutorial video, but I couldn’t find many others. I’ll replace it with my own video shortly:

View Step 4 by following the below link:

Shortcut to Joshua’s 10 steps:
Step 1: Buy the Right Woodworking Hand Tools
Step 2: Setup Your Workshop & Tool Storage
Step 3: Learn how to Tune, Refurbish, & Sharpen Tools
Step 4: Learn how to Use Woodworking Hand Tools
Step 5: Learn how to Design Woodworking Projects
Step 6: Learn to Prepare Wood: Square & Straight
Step 7: Learn how to Layout & Mark the Wood
Step 8: Joinery: Learn how to Layout & Cut Joints
Step 9: Learn how to Assemble & Glue-up
Step 10: Learn how to Finish the Wood

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials:

2 comments so far

View nailbanger2's profile


1041 posts in 3377 days

#1 posted 04-15-2014 03:48 PM

Thanks for going to the trouble of getting all this great sharpening info into one easy to use spot, Joshua. Favorited!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

View WoodAndShop's profile


149 posts in 1743 days

#2 posted 04-15-2014 05:02 PM

You’re welcome Nail Banger! I’ve got all 10 steps posted now, so please feel free to spread the word about!

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials:

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics