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Forum topic by Planeman posted 07-31-2010 01:34 AM 2037 views 5 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2010 01:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening

Forget the Japanese waterstones, the Arkansas whetstones, razor strops, the esoteric and arcane instructions, and hours of tedious work.

Its simple and quick with only three inexpensive sharpening items:

1. Diamond laps like those available at Rockler and other places (

2. A hard cotton felt polishing wheel (

3. Some jeweler’s Rouge polishing compound (

Use the diamond laps to sharpen, then use jeweler’s rouge/polishing compound on a cotton felt polishing wheel to polish the edge (I use the faster cutting black compound). Be very careful to make sure the wheel is rotating AWAY from the edge. If you forget, you’ll only do it once.

This is QUICK and I can put a beautiful polished razor edge on a carving tool in no time flat or touch up an edge quickly.

Try it!!!


-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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#1 posted 07-31-2010 01:44 AM

lol ive been doing this for years ,,,,,love it a carver is only as sharp as his tools

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#2 posted 07-31-2010 02:01 AM

In my opinion too many woodworkers are bedazzled by the “latest and greatest” sharpening method and see sharpening as a dark art practiced by wizards chanting zen mantras. It just ain’t that hard unless you want to make it so.


-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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#3 posted 07-31-2010 02:09 AM

Thanks for the reinforcement. I’ve always had a sense that some people put way too much thought and effort into sharpening.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-31-2010 03:00 AM

Hold the stone between your thighs while in the Lotus position. Push the blade AWAY!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 07-31-2010 06:37 PM

I tried to sharpen like the master but I couldnt get the stone to float and rotate freely above the pyramid. Guess I gotta check the Ion generator and proper alignment of planets.

Yeah I like to sharpen but I spend maybe 10 min with two stones and a 10” grinder. Works good

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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#6 posted 07-31-2010 06:46 PM

This is a good post. Thank you.

However, when I read the first paragraph I found myself saying, “What is this guy selling?” Now I know that you were not selling anything, just expressing a helpful opinion.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 07-31-2010 09:22 PM

Hear,hear! There is no religion to this sharpening thing, contrary to popular belief. Sharp is sharp, whatever works for you!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 08-01-2010 05:24 AM

What will I do with my water stones now?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 08-03-2010 04:11 AM

What about them Tormek guys? Seriously, I’ve got the Jet clone, but for a lot of my stuff, the Scary Sharp method works well. Maybe a little more hand work, but the setup/cleanup on the power sharpener is a real turnoff for me. Of course, that’s just my opinion…I could be wrong…

-- Gene T

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#10 posted 08-03-2010 04:28 AM

I fell for it and bought the jet sharpening system myself. As stated above, it is not worth the clean up time and the mess of water getting all over the place. Give me a granite stone and some good old sandpaper and I am all set. I am not a carver or a turner so I do little sharpening of those tools.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#11 posted 08-03-2010 03:15 PM

just one question, any help on cutting table legs on the band saw,I use to know but I got old.

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#12 posted 08-03-2010 06:29 PM

I use a delta 23-710, great for quick and dirty sharpening.

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#13 posted 08-03-2010 07:11 PM

Great tip – I will certainly try this – I have been too cheap to sink a bunch of $ into fancy stones and this is just what I need.

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#14 posted 08-03-2010 07:23 PM

Your supposed to sharpen stuff when it gets dull?


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#15 posted 08-03-2010 07:46 PM

I use a worksharp 3000.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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