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Forum topic by David Craig posted 12-12-2012 10:13 AM 1006 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Craig

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12-12-2012 10:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening flattening chisel plane humor

You are a new woodworker or a new handtool user. You are just learning how to sharpen chisels and plane irons. As you work the metal for the first time, you ask yourself “Alright, just how sharp is sharp?” and as you flatten, you are sure you are pretty close, you ask yourself “How flat is flat?” You feel satisfied with the product, you lay it down. A year later, you have a use for that specific chisel or plane. You look at the bottom and you say “Holy Crap! Look at the machine marks! Was I freaking blind when I worked on this thing?” You then spend the next 15 minutes getting the metal up to snuff and ready to use.

Congratulations!

You now know how sharp sharp is and how flat flat is :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.


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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 12-12-2012 10:27 AM

LOL
and it tells you ,that you have grown tremendesly in skills

merry Chrismas David

Dennis

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David Craig

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#2 posted 12-12-2012 12:03 PM

Thank you Dennis. Happy Holidays to you as well my friend :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 12-12-2012 12:23 PM

I’m not gonna tell you that when I began WWing, I thought new tools were sharp, all boards were straight, and finishes were something ya put on straight from the can.
I’m not gonna tell ya ‘cause when I was that age, I knew EVERYTHING.
Note to self:
Boy, were you stupid.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Don W

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#4 posted 12-12-2012 12:57 PM

Same here Bill!

Congratulations!

You now know how sharp sharp is and how flat flat is :)

Until next year anyhow!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#5 posted 12-12-2012 01:08 PM

1. It’s never sharp enough
2. Never trust a lumber yard
3. Don’t assume anything is square
4. Never think you know it all

Pretty simple. Just wish I would remember it most of the time. :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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David Craig

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#6 posted 12-12-2012 01:09 PM

I think we all have gotten caught on the expectation that a chisel we first purchased was “sharp.” Kind of goes against logic that it isn’t. Kind of like buying a tape measure only to be told that we have to insert the tape. :)

Said it right Don “until next year…” or next month or next week…

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 12-12-2012 01:15 PM

Very true, David. Very true!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Earlextech

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#8 posted 12-12-2012 01:48 PM

Unlike in music, with chisels sharp and flat are good!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#9 posted 12-12-2012 02:06 PM

How true that is. I agree with Monte too !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Roger

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 12:05 PM

That’s funny David, and, oh so true… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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HorizontalMike

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#11 posted 12-13-2012 01:05 PM

It’s funny that no one has mentioned the number of BandAids purchased over that same time frame… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 12-13-2012 01:49 PM

I judge sharpness by the quality of my lacerations. The sharper the chisel is, the less it hurts.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Bernie

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#13 posted 12-13-2012 02:10 PM

Love all the comments about our common learning curve… quite the journey for me… memorable to say the least. But sharp is good. Very true Jay. I loaned my carving knives to a Boy Scout and told his dad they were scary sharp. A month later my knives were returned and the dad told me the Scout had cut himself and didn’t even know it.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 12-13-2012 02:14 PM

Cant say how sharp is sharp, since I been away from woodworking for three years.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#15 posted 12-13-2012 02:24 PM

I was raised with tools and keeping them sharp – problem was that most of what I was taught was wrong. Took a few years of relearning everything.

How right you are.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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