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Tools have never been so sharp!

Tools have never been so sharp!

01-30-2014 11:33 PM by TheDane | 23 comments »

Like a lot of turners, I have always been in search of a way to get my tools sharper. I have been looking at CBN wheels for quite some time, but the cost was prohibitive. A clumsy shop accident that resulted in a chipped friable wheel on my slow-speed grinder was the push I needed to do something. Chipped or cracked wheels are dangerous and are an accident waiting to happen. A friend mentioned an email he had received advertising a pair of wheels for $249, so I logged onto http://www.wo...

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Excellent product and Price

Excellent product and Price

03-30-2014 05:27 AM by DrDirt | 6 comments »

I ordered these Shapton Professional Stones from ‘Tools from Japan’ I just went with the 1000 (orange) and the 8000 melon stone, as I have both a leather strop and a felt wheel for the final stropping past 8000. Stuart’s prices from Japan were much lower than what is available stateside.My order:1 ea. iWood sharpening stone/plate rubber base. US$18.39 1 ea. Shinto ‘Saw rasp’, 250mm ‘rasp’ style. US$19.411 ea. Shapton Pro orange #1000 US$36...

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Honing Guide

Honing Guide

03-31-2011 01:49 PM by dbray45 | 10 comments »

Bought this and was very surprised. My other honing guide clamps on the sides and edges for the larger blades and has a triangle to hold the smaller chisels and blades. This honing guide clamps on the flat side of the blade and holds it. The guide I give 5 stars. The guide comes with a piece of stick on rubber which I put on the anvil of the guide so that the blade does not move around. The anvil, as I call it, has scribed lines to show if your blade is square to the guide, the rubber ...

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I can see it clearly now....

I can see it clearly now....

12-17-2010 05:24 AM by gko | 15 comments »

This is actually a review of two products. I had bought a cheap little Pocket Microscope from Lee Valley that was about $10. Took a look at some of my blades and found problems that explained why they weren’t cutting as nicely. It was really fascinating. It has an LED light that is above the object which illuminated the blade clearly. It has a base that easily comes off which is how I use it. I highly recommend it to any one that sharpens his own tools. It is extremely cheap and ...

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Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide

Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide

03-11-2014 02:21 PM by TheWoodenOyster | 22 comments »

Overall, the Veritas MKII leaves something to be desired and is not worth the price. There are three main issues that I found with the system: 1. Not so big of an issue: The time sacrifice it takes to setup is time better spent woodworking. It is isn’t terribly painful to set up, but it does take a few minutes to get going with it. 2. A little bit bigger issue: It is very difficult to get the chisel or plane iron in the jig at 90 degrees perfectly. Even using the equipment that...

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Great scraper burnisher

Great scraper burnisher

01-19-2012 12:43 AM by Tennwood | 12 comments »

I had a Woodcraft coupon about to expire and no other great needs at the time, so I bought the Veritas Variable Burnisher on a whim. (Actually what I went in for they didn’t have in stock that day). I normally sharpen my scrapers using a wet stone and round burnisher getting ok results. I can always get shavings, but not like they should be. Retail cost of the Veritas is $32.50, but with my coupon, I figured I couldn’t loose too much. It turned out to be a great deal. The i...

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They need to rework the way it sits on WorkSharp 3000

They need to rework the way it sits on WorkSharp 3000

04-01-2010 04:31 PM by Eric_S | 7 comments »

So I just got the WS3000 this weekend and had a chance to play around with it. This thing is amazing, I have been rehoning all my chisels and plane irons less than 2” in assembly line fashion (all backs at 120 grit, then bevels, then all backs at 400 grit, then bevels, and so on). This thing is amazing, super easy to use, and very quick compared to the manual Scary Sharp method. Now onto the wide blade attachment that I purchased for my 2 3/8” plane iron at $69.99 The angl...

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Piss poor results

Piss poor results

10-21-2012 06:09 AM by Richard | 34 comments »

Let me start out by saying I wanted to like the WS2000. I read the reviews here and elsewhere and was sold on the idea that it was going to make sharpening of plane irons and chisels easier. Previously I have practiced the “scary sharp” method of sharping on progressively finer grits of sandpaper utilizing an inexpensive honing guide. My biggest frustration with the honing guide was the poor ability to obtain consistent results. I will say this in the WS2000’s favor. I...

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Veritas camber roller attachement makes putting a camber on a blade a breeze.

Veritas camber roller attachement makes putting a camber on a blade a breeze.

11-21-2009 04:06 AM by mart | 10 comments »

After years of using an ROS to sand and smooth all my projects I finally said enough and started collecting good user planes over the last couple of years. I had played some with a #5 jack plane but had left my #4 smoother unattended other than to derust it. I pulled it out today, took the blade out and got out my Veritas honing guide. I had purchased a camber roller attachment for it last year and hadn’t tried it out yet. I don’t know what took me so long. It made putting a cambe...

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Great stones!

Great stones!

10-28-2011 01:57 PM by slickSqueegie | 4 comments »

These are excellent stones. I use them all the time. Initial sharpening and lapping on your chisels and plane irons is time consuming, but extremely rewarding. These stones are large and the case for the stones doubles as a holder that wont slide around. a lot of people out there use the “scary sharp” tequnique, and they swear by it. now I know why.They dont have any stones! these stones are just as fast as sandpaper but I think I get a better hone with these. anyone who use...

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