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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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DMT DuoSharp Fine/Extra Fine is just not worth it

DMT DuoSharp Fine/Extra Fine is just not worth it

07-09-2012 08:33 PM by CplSteel | 25 comments »

Edit: I am leaving the original post below, and I will repeat this portion of the post below, where it makes sense with the rest of the comments; but, these “stones” are actually pretty good, but the Grit they give you is a lie. I am sticking with the two stars because I wanted a 600 grit stone, not a 6000 grit stone. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but after all the posts and differing opinions I decide to do some tests. The test parameters were basically to flatte...

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Dan's Whetstone Company Customer Service and Product

Dan's Whetstone Company Customer Service and Product

06-20-2012 03:41 PM by cakman | 6 comments »

I have been looking for a sharpening product that I could use between my super fine diamond stone and a leather strop that is different than the Norton 8000 grit water stone I was currently using. I think the water stone is a great product, but I hate the maintenance and mess of a water stone. When I took a class at the Homestead Heritage School of Woodworking, we learned about sharpening and the system that was used was diamond stones (up through super fine) and then the Translucent Arka...

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Chicago Electric Chainsaw Sharpener

Chicago Electric Chainsaw Sharpener

06-18-2012 06:29 PM by TZH | 13 comments »

Got one of these for my birthday this year, just tried it out. For the money, I’d have to say it is a great value. A little play in the handle, but not any more than I’d expect for the price. Harbor Freight has them right now for just under $40. If you’re into tight tolerances, this isn’t the tool for you. But if you’re like me and don’t need exact tolerances, this is a really good buy, in my opinion.

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Chicago Electric Circular Saw Blade Sharpener

Chicago Electric Circular Saw Blade Sharpener

05-24-2012 01:21 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 28 comments »

Addendum after 72 days: My old dewalt blade seen on the bench in the video below is what I sharpened next. I sharpened up pretty nicely. In fact I’m leaving it in the saw for a bed build and I’ve been working with Walnut, maple, and jatoba for this. So far the blade that I sharpened has been working really well. So well in fact that I think I’ll spruce up this sharpener with new knobs, and a few washers to help align things. I’m upping my rating a star. I’d se...

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Grizzly T10097 8-inch Grinder / Sharpener - Not worth the money

Grizzly T10097 8-inch Grinder / Sharpener - Not worth the money

05-21-2012 10:09 PM by DHS | 20 comments »

Executive summary: Cheap tool and not recommended. Details: Tired of grinding plane irons and chisels on my bench grinder while repeatedly quenching them in an old coffee cup nearby, but dismayed at the price of the Tormek system, I paid $90.00 for the Grizzly T10097 8-inch grinder with water bath, tool rest and leather stropping wheel. I got what I paid for. I’ll cut to the chase. The housing is plastic. A grinder with a plastic housing? The motor shaft runs through a bushing t...

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The Chisel Doctor (Honing Guide)

The Chisel Doctor (Honing Guide)

02-22-2012 12:26 AM by Roger | 13 comments »

While going nuts for a long long time over sharpening chisels, & plane irons, I came across this USA made honing guide from Garrett Wade http://www.garrettwade.com/the-chisel-doctor/p/58A01.01/ It’s a little expensive, but, I don’t think too badly at 45 bux. It is very well made with dual wheels instead of the type that has a single wheel in the middle, 2 brass knurled knobs very nicely counter sunk, and a very nice coating of wrinkle paint. The Chisel Doctor is well worth ...

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Spyderco Bench Stone

Spyderco Bench Stone

02-09-2012 04:41 PM by Phil53 | 5 comments »

I can’t say enough good about these stones. I have a medium and a fine. The fine I have had for over a year and I use it on a regular basis and it still shows no ware. With the fine I can take my tools edge to a mirror finish. The thing I like about using ceramics is that it is clean. You do not have to use water or oil on these stones. For clean up I use a rubber pencil eraser just like we used in school. And if it gets to bad I use a little water, Comet and a green scouring pad. I hav...

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Online Shopping

Online Shopping

02-09-2012 03:25 PM by Phil53 | 2 comments »

I know this is not a tool but it is somewhere we can get certain tools to make our woodworking experience better. I have recently made a couple of online purchases for sharpening. I had to make returns to two of the shops and I would like to give them both 5 stars for their NO HASSLE return. I am always leery of shopping online because you never know who you are dealing with. One of the purchases I made had a flaw in the product and the other was just a bad product. At this point I don’...

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Perfect stone for grinding and flattening tools and other stones.

Perfect stone for grinding and flattening tools and other stones.

02-07-2012 09:03 PM by Dan | 13 comments »

For the past couple years I have been sharpening my tools using the Scary Sharp method. To grind a new bevel on a plane iron or chisel I would use a grit anywhere from 80-120 grit sheets. The paper cuts fast but it also wears fast. Another problem with the paper is it clogged up quickly. With all the irons that I sharpen I was just going through a ton of paper so I started looking into coarse diamond stones. DMT sell two different types of bench stones. They have the DiaSharp which are a s...

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