new video on sharpening

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 09-09-2009 08:11 PM 1842 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hey everyone!! heres the link to my newest video on sharpening. its nothing extraordinary but i go over the systems and the techniques that i use to sharpen. you may not agree with me or you may do something differently but this is simply how i do it and the most effective way that i believe it can be done. remember its not so much about how you get there its the result.

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 08:34 PM

Great video!

one thing to consider – wet grinders (and high speed grinders) can set a hollow grind on the bevels which allows you to hone it freehand – whereas scary-sharp or the worksharp creates a flat grind which is hard to hone freehand and a honing jig is required.

Dennis – for the video, I recommend you add a filler light, and a background light to avoid the harsh shadows your main light is projecting (behind you and on the table) :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 08:54 PM

Great job!....great info….well done.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 12:20 AM

Another great video. Thanks for taking the time to make it. It is very useful for us newbies! Two points:

1) I really like the video remote. One problem with most podcasts is that you can’t see any fine details!

2) I liked seeing you show just how sharp your chisel is by cutting an actual piece of wood!! Most sharpening videos that I have watched either don’t show how sharp they were, or show it by cutting the hair on their arm or cutting paper. I mean come on, I know you have scraps in your shop…lets see you cut some wood!! You show the proof is in the pudding!

-- James -

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 01:23 AM

thanks everyone…

Purplev… thanks for the advice… im trying to get my dad (the electrician) to add a light over my bench because thats where i do most of my filming… he just never gets around to it… lol… and for the bevels like u said with the hollow you can sharpen freehand but i find the guides a little more consistent and give a better edge.

Walnut Weasel…. yep i figured if i cant do it why should i be telling you about it. so i figured if im gonna show how sharp it is well then might as well cut one of the hardest things to cleanly cut… shoulda broke out the ebony too… but end grain pine will do good

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 04:40 PM

Thanks for another great video Dennis. You have got big things happening in your future man!

The secret to wicked sharp chisels for me is definitely the strop. A carver taught me to strop regularly and you only need to sharpen occasionally and it has worked for me.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 02:53 AM

Enjoy your videos. This one was very good for a guy like me with little knowledge and no real experience sharpening. Keep em coming.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#7 posted 09-15-2009 02:58 AM

Thanks for sharing

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