When I did my research, I found a number of good saw vise designs on the web. Some were simple, whilst others were more complex. The fundamental requirement of a saw vise is that it clamps a saw securely while you sharpen it, everything else is just icing. So it can be as simple as sandwiching the saw plate between two pieces of wood in a vise on your bench. Last December, I had the privilege of attending a saw sharpening class with Paul Sellers at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales. At the beginn...
Here is the video demonstration of the sharpening system I posted in projects.
Before I can sharpen my backsaws, I need to make two things: a file holder for jointing the teeth and a saw vise. I was going to post both of these items together, but I think the file holder deserves its own post. A file holder is also useful for jointing hand scrapers. Some people don’t bother with a file holder and just hold the file with their hands, but it’s easier to keep the file perpendicular to the teeth using a holder with a fence that rides against the side of the plate. I’ve seen ...
Now, it’s time to go over what you will need for material to make your own sharpening station. But first, a few things to think about before we get too involved. I plan to make mine to be used atop an existing bench in my shop. If you don’t have an existing bench or a good place to put this, you will want to factor in the materials for a simple stand. Remember, this is just a sharpening station, not a piece of fine furniture. If you so choose, you can make it really nice, but a...
My Low-Budget Builds #1: MDF and Granite Sharpening Station: Overview and Why You Need a Dedicated Sharpening Station
I’ve decided to make a series about some of my low-budget builds and cheap solutions to common problems many of us encounter in the shop. The first area I plan to cover is sharpening. It’s something we all need to do, and I find many people make it much harder and more of a pain than is necessary. Others simply spend a fortune in an attempt to make it “quick and easy”, and many times this ends up being more hassle than they bargained for. Anyone who uses edged to...
I’ve known for some time that my nameless chisel set would have to go. I’m not even sure where they came from but I have a sneaking suspicion they came from Harbor Freight because the look like they have one foot in the grave and their edge crumbles like dry dirt at the mere sight of mortise that needs cleaning up. So while at Rockler for their “Brown Bag” sale last Saturday I picked up this set of 4 chisels for $29.99. The overall construction seems solid. My plan is ...
I’ve had the great opportunity to watch Paul Seller’s series of DVD’s along with read a lot of Christopher Schwartz’s material and being a newcomer, I’ve come to the conclusion that when most of start out, we tend to over think everything. We have had it drilled into our heads in everything we’ve done up until this point that we must MEASURE everything we do. If I’ve learned anything so far, and I’m glad I’m learning it now, is that MEAS...
So one of the other projects I wish to accomplish this year (towards spring/summer) is a foot powered grinding wheel. gives you a vague idea of what I’m going after. The image, btw is from http://autonopedia.org/crafts_and_technology/Wood/Wood_Harvesting_with_Hand_Tools.html which might be of some interest to others. So the main choice facing me is natural stone, either harvested around me or from a stone yard, or to make a wheel using concrete/abrasive sands, several recipes ...
At the risk of bringing further controversy into the field of woodworking I thought we should build on the successes forged in the chisel sharpening YouTube video. You might be interested in this method that I use because it was also used by craftsmen for at least two centuries. I have written several blogs, posts and forums previously about the #4 bench plane, the best of which in my view is the plainest of planes, the exceptionally humble and most underestimated and undervalued Stanl...
Sharpening chisels—forget weaker micro bevels Controversial though it may seem, and though adopting micro-bevel methods for sharpening chisels may seem to make sense, a freehand convex bevel actually gives exactly the same sharpness as any micro-bevel method, but takes only a fraction of the time to develop. A convex bevel keeps its edge longer, is stronger than most other bevels and needs no special equipment beyond a pair of hands. Establishing the skill to sharpen the convex camber ...
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