I worked an internship at a machine shop and ever since then, I have been suffering withdrawal from the availability of precision measuring equipment especially the large granite surface plates we used for doing Quality Assurance checks on parts. I find myself sharpening with a variety of different methods including scary sharp (sandpaper on a flat surface). While I have both plate glass and 12”x12” granite tiles that work perfectly well for this purpose, without a dedicat...
Why Sole Flatness?Convex (bulging out) and concave (hollowed out) soles will cause uneven cut depths and skipping and chattering. For a convex shape, the plane rocks front to back and/or side to side. A concave shape will cause heavier cuts at the start and end of a surface, and possibly no cut in the middle. Different amounts of downward hand pressure can affect each stroke causing more confusion. Even with a very flat sole varying downward pressure will affect the cut. Reduce the variables ...
I have been fortunate enough to assemble and use an array of handplanes – Stanley Bailey bench, block, and specific use planes, oriental woodies of various sizes, Lee Valley Veritas bevel up and scraper planes, and some other assorted types. It took a while, as in 4-5 years of using, fettling, trying various methods of things and different plane designs to form up some conclusions from my experiences. I thought I would pass along these experiences, primarily with the lesser experienced in min...
I bought an old Stanley No 60 wood chisel the other day. It was rusty and needed a good sharpening. I used the scary sharp method. Please like, share, and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel for more woodworking and blacksmithing projects. Click here for the video and comments are always appreciated!
Okay this post is definitely for the newcomers to the hobby or anyone who is stepping into the world of sharpening hand tools. You old salts will probably just laugh… But for anyone out there who, like me last year, is trying to figure out how to sharpen and maintain your edged tools, here’s how I stepped into the deep end of the sharpening pool. For a noob it is an intimidating time. You worry if you’ll do it right, if you’ll ruin a pricey tool or hurt yourself ...
Part one of a two episode sharpening series takes a look at the manual sharpening methods including “scary sharp” using sand paper, oil and water stones, and diamond plates. Stumpy gives some money saving ideas for surface plates and diamond sharpening, reviews the Rockler plate glass sharpening system, and gives a behind the scenes look at what’s been going on in the workshop…. that and more on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! After you watch this one...
It took about an hour, but I got my 1” chisel sharpened today, at least the main 25 degree bevel. I jacked the sandpaper up too much to do the 30 degree secondary bevel and didn’t feel like setting new paper up. I’ll do it later. I didn’t have the exact grits I needed in order to do it according to the one article I was going off of, so I just used what I had that was close. I started with 100 grit and ended up with 2000 grit. I used masking tape with the gr...
An update on my personal sharpening methods. When I read in the blog I realized it looked like I use only my water grinder and this is not the case, so I decided for a little update showing my sharpening gear. I like to use the Lansky system for my household and tour knifes this because it is portable and because I keep it in my kitchen so I always have scrap knifes.It is easy to use and almost meditative to sit and sharpen a knife with.A product I can highly recommend for knifes, and i...
Well, as everyone knows, I have the new Work Sharp 3000 sharpening system in place. I have been touching up my new chisels, my old chisels, my carving chisels, and my turning chisels. Whenever I hear people mention the “scary sharp” method, they describe how they run a chisel across an area where there is hair, and if the hair comes off, the chisel is “scary sharp.” I have been doing that over and over again and all the chisels seem to be sharp enough, but I still feel...
So today I managed to pick upWhat’s this? It’s plate glass!I got it home, and a little later, after picking up some 3M-77 spray adhesive and some more sandpaper,I then got to work lapping my beat up blue marples chisel. As it turns out, the chisel has gotten WAY out of wack. Probably from my misguided attempts at lapping it in the past, but oh well, that’s why I had gotten them cheap, so I could learn without destroying something special.The pictures of the lapping and honin...
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