There are a few golden rules in woodworking: You can never measure it too many times. You can never have too many clamps. Never spill your beer on the table saw. And it’s never, ever… sharp enough. If you only use power tools, you’re missing out, buddy! For the love of everything holy, go buy at least one hand plane! I guarantee, when you use it for that first project, you will be hooked forever! There is nothing in this world, I kid you not, like the feel of razor sharp ...
You know I said at the end of my last post that I’d post a picture of each saw and tell you how I was going to sharpen them and why? Well I lied. :-) The temptation of my restored backsaws, a saw vise and a bundle of saw files was just too much. I had to sharpen a saw, but which one? I thought about it for a while and settled on the little Spear & Jackson 8” Dovetail saw. Remember this one? I chose it for two reasons: For a dovetail saw, the depth of cut is quite big at 50mm. ...
I went back and forth…agonizing for a few weeks actually…..do I get these? do I not??...and on and on. Finally…after more than enough study I went for it and hit the pay button….lol. These are not cheap. These are DMT diamond stones 10×3 extra coarse, coarse, fine and extra fine. I also purchased a bench strop with green honing compound. I made a little plywood movable work station, routed out the relieved areas with my stanley 71 hand router (that was a wor...
Hello to all and all are Welcome, Intro: Hi, my name is Kory Kiker and a couple of weeks ago Ms. Debbie contacted me about conducting an online class for those interested in learning the art of intarsia. I was very excited about the chance to share a few things I have learned in the last three years of doing intarsia art. Before intarsia I did a lot of wood carving so I hope this helps give each project more depth and definition. I will tell you now that most of the things I’ve lear...
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 ...
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