Do any of the guys use a Tormek wet grinder? It’s a handy sharpenng system (although a little pricey). I use mine primarily for re-establishing bevels on chisels and irons after numerous honings (on my beloved waterstones) have worn the edge out of shape.
There are a wide range of jigs available for the Tormek for things like scissors, axes, gouges, etc and the one I’ve always been interested in is the planer blade sharpening jig. Has anyone tried to sharpen their own planer blades?? I’ve tried once or twice and given up – it is pretty tough to do without specialist equipment. But the tormek jig is very expensive (again!) at £108 (that’s over $200!!!). And that is just for the jig, you still have to buy a Tormek grinder.
Anyhow, I was in the workshop of a buddy yesterday and I saw his Tormek sat on the bench. “Do you have the planer blade jig?” I enquired.” Oh yes”, says he. Needless to say, on my way home I had the jig in my car.
Last night I decided to try it out on my spare set of blades (which were badly chipped). Five minutes later a set of razor sharp, chip-free blades. Fantastic! I quickly swapped the sharp ones into my jointer (a Jet 54A) and then sharpened the other set. I now have sharp blades in my jointer for the next year!!!
So, my advice is this. If you or any of your woodworking buddies have a Tormek, all put some money towards the planer knife jig. Between two or three of you your money will be made back in a year. And you’ll always have sharp knives in your planer and jointer. Now that’s something worth doing!
|Blog entry by Philip Edwards||posted 01-26-2007 10:12 PM||2302 reads||0 times favorited||7 comments|