Sharpening with the Tormek, Joy at last!

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Project by studie posted 05-20-2012 08:09 PM 2390 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sharpening has been a challenge to say the least for me. As much as I enjoy it still takes for ever and either not square or just plain worse than when I started. I have diamond hones, Water stones heck even oil stones all using jigs and or fixtures to hold the tool just right, yah right. I even tried to use my Ridgid oscillating drum sander to get close enough to finish off with the wet stone, even to #4000 grit. Sure it can be done but the time it takes is just plane wrong (ha!). Found this Tormek on CL for $250 and have just about everything I have RAZOR sharp! Slice thru paper like making ribbons! Wow the sound of a truly sharp plane is so sweet and to have mirror sharp chisels is a God send. The Tormek takes time to get to know and seems slow at first but is the Cadillac of them all. The guy I got this from makes super sweet knives and even has a crucible to temper the blades to 2000 degrees! He had all the jigs and even some that he made special for sharpening knives. Made a new friend and he likes LJs so much that will join us here. Try one you will like it and makes life easier with mirror sharp results. Oh and keep tape on the blades until using them, don’t ask me how I know!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 05-20-2012 08:35 PM

Nice price on the Tormak. When I first got mine I started to sharpen knifes for coworkers, thinking I could make enough to pay for another wheel. What really happened is that I started spending every Saturday standing at my grind station with my nose to the grinding stone. I just had to stop.
The Tormak isn’t the only way to sharpen, but it is quick and easy. When it comes to lathe tools, where depending on the wood, you may have to resharpen in the middle of a project, they can’t be beat. In my opinion.

-- Mel,

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#2 posted 05-20-2012 08:37 PM

Lookin’ good down there. I’ll be over with a box full for you to practice on ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 05-20-2012 08:47 PM

I am soooo going to keep my eyes open for one of those. Nice set of planes you got there too! :)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#4 posted 05-20-2012 09:42 PM

After seeing some of the polished planes a couple of gals asked if I would do their nails, I said sure so when they came over with a box of old cut nails from grandpas tool box um? If they don’t find you handsome they should find you handy, in a good way of corse!
Bob I charge $2.00 a day so in a million years from now I will be able to pay my bills!

-- $tudie

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 10:34 PM

I couldn’t agree more!!! My Tormek has been an absolute blessing in my shop. I sharpened and sharpened and sharpened before, like you all the way to 4000 grit and thought I was sharp, I was but then the Tormek has made me even sharper if that is possible. A truely sharp plane iron or chisel is the 8th wonder of the world. It has been a game changer for me that’s for sure.

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#6 posted 05-22-2012 04:40 AM

To be safe, keep blue tape on the sole of the plane rather than the plane iron blade. Just taking off the tape of a sharp blade is now scary.

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 01:55 PM

+1 for the Tormek

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 03:11 PM

I use a grinder to do that and when I saw the Tormek I was pretty sure I HAD to have one of those too.

It’s almost impossible to get it right on a grinder. It’s a little too crude and imprecise. When I save up some cash (and buy some more planes and chisels), I plan to get a Tormek.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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