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Forum topic by Edwin posted 02-29-2012 05:17 PM 1243 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-29-2012 05:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening

For the life of me I can’t get the knack of sharpening a plane iron or a lathe gouge.Does
Anybody have a good source for sharpening these???? thanks… Ed

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 06:06 PM

It should be all over here on LJ. Just do a search.

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 06:11 PM

Have a view of this video:

You dont need the same stones that he uses, you can apply that to anything. (Sandpaper on a piece of plate glass works just as well..

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 07:36 PM

Same problem here. Bought a Tormek from (Farris Machinery)- when they were affordable- solved my problems.

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#4 posted 02-29-2012 07:51 PM

sharpening section here

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#5 posted 02-29-2012 08:46 PM

it might help to describe the process you are using now. And what’s not happening.

There are so many ways of sharpening. I did a blog a while ago. My technique is pretty basic.

Hollow grind with an aluminum oxide wheel.
Make sure its straight and you get a back burr.
Set the iron in a cheap eclipse type jig
Hit a fine stone
Hit the back of the iron
Hit the stone again
Never hit the back of the iron last.
Strop if desired.

Hollow grinding isn’t required, but I think it makes it easier when you’re learning.

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#6 posted 02-29-2012 09:24 PM

There is a master’s degree somewhere on sharpening. Everyone has a different idea. Google woodworking tools sharpening. You’ll find more than ya ever want to know. Then, decide what equipment you have/want and go after it.
I have the stupid bench grinder and a Makita horizontal waterstone system. My tools are so sharp that I’ve bought some Kevlar gloves to keep me from killin’ my fingers while I’m workin’ on the tools.


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#7 posted 02-29-2012 09:26 PM

Paul Sellers has videos of his sharpening that is both fast and straightforward.

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