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Excellent Edge Inspection Tool

Excellent Edge Inspection Tool

175 days ago by OSU55 | 0 comments »

We deal with a lot of edges – planer & jointer blades, hand plane blades, chisels, saws, etc. Even with 20/20 vision, the naked eye can’t really see well enough to know how nicked up an edge is or whether you really did hone all of the scratches out. I found this little LED lighted magnifying glass by Rosallini on Amazon for ~$8 (I just checked and it’s down to $3.73). I figured if it didn’t work I hadn’t lost much, but to my surprise it works very well. The ...

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Trust me - you will have hand plane razor blades

Trust me - you will have hand plane razor blades

183 days ago 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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So far, so good = Scary Sharp Chisels

So far, so good = Scary Sharp Chisels

184 days ago by kajunkraft | 13 comments »

Like many woodworkers I know, sharpening chisels is a hit-or-miss proposition, or you buy an expensive “system”. The Worksharp 3000 is about $200, which from what I have seen is a not too costly option. I am very much more a power tool woodworker than a hand tool woodworker. I rarely use chiselsso have not been too concerned about them. Recently have needed them and was really disappointed with the results and decided it was time to get them set up right. Although I’...

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A decent sharpener, but be careful!

A decent sharpener, but be careful!

306 days ago by StumpyNubs | 12 comments »

My Work Sharp has a knife sharpening attachment, but the missus doesn’t always want to go out the the shop to sharpen her kitchen knives. So I thought I’d try out the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener. Besides, i’m a sucker for anything that comes in one of those fancy canvass tool bags! It’s a self contained, hand held machine that comes out of the drawer and plugs into the wall in seconds faster than you can say “get out the knife sharpener and plug it int...

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Great First Bench Stone

Great First Bench Stone

313 days ago by RaggedKerf | 2 comments »

Picture 1: the back of the stone—-after I had used it the mineral oil/swarf turned teh stone darker. The backside (minus the little “stain” on the left”) is what the front of the stone looked like before I used it. Picture 2: the case. Picture 3: the front of the stone after it had been wiped down after the first use was definitely darker than it was before use. Did not expect that. So I bought this (my first oilstone) earlier this week and used it for the f...

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The $100 WS2000 or the $200 WS3000- What's the difference?

The $100 WS2000 or the $200 WS3000- What's the difference?

316 days ago by StumpyNubs | 17 comments »

I love me some sharp tools, and as an increasingly lazy woodworker, I looked high and low for the perfect way to get my dull tools back to work with minimal effort, time and of course, money. I think the Worksharp may just be the perfect fit! Not only is it fast and easy to use, but it offers a tremendous bang for your buck. The only problem is, which model to choose? The WS2000 is about $100, while the WS3000 is twice the price. Is it twice the machine? Can a budget conscious woodworker get ...

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Still the best buy in sharpening!

Still the best buy in sharpening!

337 days ago by StumpyNubs | 11 comments »

This jig was invented by a pure genius. I don’t know who he (or she) was, but whoever made it was sharper than a stropped chisel. There is no brand name on the thing, and lots of places sell it. I got mine from Rockler for $16 bucks and when you compare it to the other jigs out there, it’s a steal for all that it can do. Here’s a little video about it: Here's a great article about how to tune it up. (For more entertaining reviews and, of course new episodes of Blu...

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Easy sharpening

Easy sharpening

351 days ago by Iggles88 | 6 comments »

When I first got this sharpener about two years ago I did not like it too much, I didn’t know too much about sharpening and wasn’t getting the results I thought I would, I did some research and understood better what needed to be done to get a sharp edge, I only used the sandpaper that was included in the worksharp which is Norton sandpaper, I was pretty happy about that. They sell a honing kit that includes a 3600 and 6000 grit that I considered buying but since it came with the ...

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Great Japanese water stones at a good price!!

Great Japanese water stones at a good price!!

357 days ago by CypressAndPine | 6 comments »

I just received my set of Naniwa Super Stones. I got a 1000, 3000, & 8000 grit stone. I also got the Norton flattening stone. The stones were very flat and ready to use out the box. They come mounted in a cheap plastic base, but it seems sufficient. The supposed advantage of the superstones is that they don’t need to pre-soak. You just add water and sharpen. I purchased them from Sharpening Supplies online. I paid about $140 for the set. I immediately sharpened my #4 bailey p...

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Eating HUMBLE PIE

Eating HUMBLE PIE

370 days ago by stefang | 21 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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