|Forum topic by michael crawford||posted 05-11-2011 04:07 PM||1369 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
05-11-2011 04:07 PM
i run a completely self supported vocational woodshop program. in other words, no one pays for what we do other that the profits made from what we sell, which in our area are rather meager.
with that being said, we need to find some new ways of doing stuff.
one of the things i have come to the realization of is that we need to find an easier way to sharpen our cutting tools.
stuff to sharpen:
we have been using some cheap jigs bought at woodcraft and wetstones. this works well, but takes HOURS to do properly for the volume of equipment we maintain. (most of it is pretty cheap stuff which looses and edge rapidly)
in the concern of doing more with less money, were looking at trying electric sharpening. ive been doing research after research at home at night, and am just getting more baffled. there seems to be as many ways of doing this as there are guys.
my two main options that i know of boil down to (due to budget):
option 1 would be cheaper, as wel already have it. questions there are:
option 2 seems to be the more popular direction to go from the lathe tools perspective. will it work on the chisels and planes? what kind of stones do i need?
currently, we work out handtool with finer and finer grits up to and including cultured marble for a mirror like edge. i dont know if we need to go that far, though.
Mostly, we work with cyporess, pine, oak, red oak, hickory, and poplar.
let me know what you think, or an option that i hadnt thought of.