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Flattened my water stones

Flattened my water stones

02-08-2014 10:52 PM by CharlesA | 11 comments »

I got into more serious sharpening a year ago, but didn’t really know that much. When recently sharpening my chisels, I realized that I had messed up last time, and I needed to re grind 5 of my chisels back to the original 25 degree bevel. My 250 coarse stone was not particularly flat when I finished. I knew I needed to flatten my stones since I use a Veritas Mk II and not the Paul Sellers method. I checked around and it seemed like the two prevailing options aware this norton stone and...

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Tools have never been so sharp!

Tools have never been so sharp!

01-30-2014 11:33 PM by TheDane | 16 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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Useless

Useless

01-28-2014 10:45 PM by mcase | 23 comments »

The DMT 3” x 8” DiaSharp® Stone, 8000x – described as a super fine stone quote – “The extra-extra fine (8000x) produces a mirror finish.” The accompanying literature says they are broken in at the factory. Well I gave this the old college try. At first touch you could tell it was way, way too coarse. So I tried breaking it in. I spent forty minutes or so working the back of a Pfiel chisel methodically over the stone on the side indicated on t...

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Great tools vs. good tools.

Great tools vs. good tools.

01-18-2014 09:44 PM by madts | 7 comments »

I got a fair amount of good Brownie points at amazon during Christmas, that I decided to spring the plunger on a Tormek T-3. I have had lots of problems here in Houston, working in a 2-car garage with all the humidity, to keep my tools sharp. Sharpen one day rusty the next. I have been using scary sharp, diamond stones, but I spent most of my time with dull tools. Not any more.I have spent a couple of days getting all the tools that need sharping out of the garage and cleaned them up.Then ...

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Excellent Edge Inspection Tool

Excellent Edge Inspection Tool

01-16-2014 09:00 PM 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

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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So far, so good = Scary Sharp Chisels

So far, so good = Scary Sharp Chisels

01-08-2014 03:41 AM 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!

09-07-2013 08:03 PM 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

09-01-2013 02:11 AM by RaggedKerf | 3 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?

08-29-2013 01:35 AM 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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