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Forum topic by BubbaIBA posted 11-04-2012 03:59 PM 2060 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2012 03:59 PM

I tend to be agnostic as to what is the true way to sharpen tools. How I sharpen depends on the tool and its intended use. Most of the time I work towards “sharp enough” and an edge that will stay sharp enough to get the job done. Sometimes that requires the use of the Tormek or a jig, most of the time freehand works good enough and is faster. While I love the feel of a good surgical black or translucent Arkansas stone, diamond plates work faster and stay flatter so I will tend to use diamond plates supplemented by course sandpaper to work the backs and the oil stones to hone the bevel. Stropping on leather with or without the green stuff/Herb’s Yellowstone also depends on how I sharpened the iron and what I will use it for.

Bottom line: This is my sharpening station. It’s a little tight, I could use a couple more square feet of real estate, but it works and it allows me to easily use the method needed to efficiently keep my tools sharp.

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 04:49 PM

Agreed, tools need to be sharpened to meet the need!
I use DMTs for hand honing, Tormek for “regrinding” plane irons, belt sander for garden hoes, and shop grinder for mower blades.
Buffing and extra care for paring chisels and carving gouges.

I built a “flip top” cart with storage for my stuff. 26×26 on lockable wheels. saves time, frees up bench.

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 02:01 AM

I have planes, chisels, gouges, knives, molding planes and all sorts of critters that need an edge. I use stones, slips, buffing compounds and machines. I have a worksharp and tormek. If it is touch up I use a hand method but if I am going through 3 sets of chisels I will get the tormek wet. Whatever gets the job done timely and sharp.
Nice setup you have.

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