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Very Sharp, yes. Scary sharp, no, but a nice tool none the less.

Very Sharp, yes. Scary sharp, no, but a nice tool none the less.

01-15-2009 07:07 AM by Emeralds | 14 comments »

I’m as susceptible to good advertising as the next guy and while Pro-Tool Mfg. makes a nice product, they are masters of marketing. So moving past the hype, here’s my take on the WS2000. I’ve hand sharpened my chisels and the few planes I own since I started woodworking and the main reason I hadn’t done more work with my hand tools is because I’ve always hated using my limited time maintaining the edges necessary to do precise work. So when I saw an ad clip fo...

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Shop Made Honing Machine

Shop Made Honing Machine

11-01-2009 05:22 PM by Andrew | 7 comments »

I was communicating in a project from dbhost about this honing machine so I thought I would share it here. I got this motor (1/2 hp 1750rpm) from Metal Mike, a nieghbor, same guy who traded a working drll press for a broken band saw. I took 2 peices of MDF and glued them together, roughed a circle, about 10” diameter, then mounted it on my lathe. I turned it into a perfect circle, lathes are good at that. I then purchased a work arbor from woodcraft, I think $14. Mounted the MDF ci...

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Kreg True flex featherboard.

Kreg True flex featherboard.

12-25-2012 09:06 PM by AJswoodshop | 11 comments »

For Christmas I asked for a featherboard. Before I got the featherboard I was using two pushsticks. One to hold the workpiece against the fence, and the other to push it through the saw. It worked well but it was a little uncomfortable. The Kreg true flex featherboard fixed all of those problems. The fingers on the featherboard push the workpiece tight against the fence, and it can adjust to fit the width of you workpiece. It can fit almost every T-slot, and runner track. It’s great for...

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Do not have high expectations!

Do not have high expectations!

10-28-2011 02:04 PM by slickSqueegie | 38 comments »

I bought it, I guess it works but I am not happy with it. I still would rather “freehand” my blades! What do I expect for 13 bucks? Call me picky if ya want. When sharpening, I expect nothing less than perfection! And this little unit is far from it!

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Fallkniven Dc521 Diamond Bench Sharpening Stone

Fallkniven Dc521 Diamond Bench Sharpening Stone

02-03-2015 05:48 PM by L-H Johnsen | 4 comments »

I have used water-stones when sharpening chisels and plane-irons for a while. They work but I don´t enjoy the sharpening-process, which leads to less sharpening=bad results.So I looked at different diamond-stones and choose Fallkniven Dc521. I’ve had the smaller version (DC4) in my pocket for several years and it has been great, the final finish of the ceramic-side pops hairs without a trouble.I also tried the Dc521 when visiting a professional woodworking shop, and besides a Tormek-sys...

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Cuts Fast, Cool, and without burning a hole in your pocket

Cuts Fast, Cool, and without burning a hole in your pocket

07-22-2012 02:45 AM by PurpLev | 12 comments »

I got my VS grinder a while back after getting my lathe to sharpen my HSS bits and for the longest time was plain disappointed by how long and how hard it was to shape and sharpen those bits, and always considered replacing the factory supplied wheels with after market replacements… I should have done that much sooner! There are many alternatives out there, and I ended up going for the blue and white aluminum oxide wheels from CGW (at the moment of this writing sold by wholesale t...

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Trust me - you will have hand plane razor blades

Trust me - you will have hand plane razor blades

01-08-2014 05:52 AM by ColonelTravis | 13 comments »

I had polished three plane blades with this stone for the first time and was putting a little paste wax on them for rust protection with a towel, and on #3 the blade went through the towel into my thumb. HAHAHA! WELCOME TO KITAYAMA KOUNTRY, MORON! Technically and scientifically, I can’t tell you how well this stone will polish a blade. Practically, I will say it’s damn better than I’ve ever gotten anything in my life – beautiful, death-sharp microbevel that will dem...

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Eating HUMBLE PIE

Eating HUMBLE PIE

07-05-2013 10:13 AM by stefang | 24 comments »

A second attempt at getting this loaded. I’m not going to tell you a lot about the machine as you can find all you need to know online. I just want to give you a heads up that the Tormek is well worth looking into. BACKGROUNDA short while ago I asked for some advice on the hand tool forum regarding some new hand planes I’d bought. Knowing how controversial sharpening is, I said that I had a hand honing method that I was satisfied with so I didn’t really want any advice on...

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A bit on the pricey side, but extremely well made, and solves a huge problem.

A bit on the pricey side, but extremely well made, and solves a huge problem.

06-16-2010 02:32 AM by dbhost | 9 comments »

A few months ago, I added Norton white oxide wheels to my 8” grinder that I use for sharpening only to be rewarded with a grinder that tried dancing across the shop… The pitiful bushings that Norton includes with their grinder wheels, well… Norton should be ashamed of themselves for including them. These things are a waste of money for Norton to include, and a waste of shipping space. SHAME ON YOUR NORTON!!!! These things have TONS of slop in them, and allow the wheel to ...

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Well worth the investment

Well worth the investment

07-07-2009 10:38 PM by Wayne Precht | 8 comments »

The next purchase was a Work Sharp 3000. Again, this was a Woodcraft special. I had read some reviews, including one by a respected furniture maker. He swore by it as not only effective, but fast in his “time is money” shop. Now, I have tried about every sharpening system known to man and had previously settled on the Norton water-stones as able to get a usable edge before my ADD kicked in. The problem was the mess and bother of water in the shop or of doing the sharpening in the kitchen...

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