Planer Blades.....

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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 01-26-2007 10:12 PM 2423 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks
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!

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#1 posted 01-26-2007 10:29 PM

Does anyone get the fine Woodworking onling eletter. I got one yesterday and it had a pretty good article in there about our very own woodwisperer you could down load a couple of his videos and he had some other stuff on there about classes he’s taught and other stuff. Pretty cool. //////Even had his picture. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 01-26-2007 11:03 PM

It is interesting. I was changing planer blades last night, and wondering if getting at Tormek was a good investment. I could use it for a lot of things now that I do with a cardboard circle hone on a grinder, and do a better job of sharpening. The cost is what has always stopped me. I had been planning on writing up a question to the forum about whether anyone had a tormek, and if so, if they liked it, or could write up a Review for the rest of us.

thanks Phil,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 01-26-2007 11:34 PM

I have had a Tormek for about 2 years now and have been very pleased with it. I haven’t sharpened any planner blades on it as yet (need to get the jig) but have used it for all of my chisels, plane irons, some scissors and a few knives. It really does a nice job.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 01-27-2007 01:03 AM

I have a Tormek grinder. I bought all of the attachments at the time of purchase and most are still in their box. I use mine for Re-beveling plane and chisel irons. I have a carbide inset planer and jointer so have not used the planer grinder. Sorry can’t be any help on your question.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 01-27-2007 02:29 AM

All you rich folks … I’m still a po’ boy, so I use several different grits of sand paper, and am satisfied (for now) with chisels sharp enough to shave with. One day, though a Tormek is on my list. After a drill press and a band saw, and a mortise machine and a tenoning jig, and a “real” lathe.

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#6 posted 01-27-2007 05:06 AM

Yes, this is on the someday list… for now I’m trying to make do with a moderate cheapie, and a felt and flannel wheel I put on an old craftsman tablesaw motor.

I was shown how to sharpen chisels back when I took a turning class, (but with lack of practice) I figure I’ve got to take a class. The afforadability of the flat sandpaper methods I’ve seen in magazines does have its appeal though.

My friend makes knives, and he swears by a beltsander.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 01-27-2007 05:13 AM

Thanks for posting this. Data points on sharpening materials are always appreciated.

I’m with Obi in the po’ boy camp, but I’ll admit to looking at sharpening supplies more than anything else. Machines, jigs, waterstones, daimond paste, sandpaper, oilstones, Arkansas stones, diamond stones, ceramic stones, grinders, buffing wheels… Can’t make sense of it all, and sure don’t have enough money to try even a small portion of it. So each catalog that arrives I look at the sharpening supplies and read and circle and ponder, then wait for the next catalog.

-- Rookster, (

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