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Forum topic by PaulDoug posted 12-18-2013 11:25 PM 1522 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2013 11:25 PM

I have a draw knife that I seldom use but I think they are cool. Anyway, today I use it to remove the bark from a four foot log of black walnut I have. It really dulled it. There was a lot of dirt/sand in the bark. I have never tried to sharpen one. Need advice on the best way to do it.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk


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#1 posted 12-19-2013 12:37 AM

I want to know about this also. I don’t own one, but I see them pretty often and I know there are things I could certainly use one for.

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 12:40 AM

Ive had success in sharpening a drawknife by flattening the back first then taking it and holding a handle in my left hand and pressing the other handle against my chest. Kinda like flexing your bicep. From there i rubbed a stone in a circular motion across the bevel. I wouldnt say it was razor sharp but it peeled bark.

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 12:45 AM

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 12:54 AM

Like this:

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 01:11 AM

Nice videos Nicky. Stef’s lucky he has ten fingers with the blade facing toward him like that while sharpening. Like Brian Boggs said in the video flip it around. :)

Here’s another that goes into shaping the bevel into a curved one like the Lie Nielsen video with Boggs recommended too.
http://logancabinetshoppe.com/blog/2009/09/episode-8/
I guess I don’t get why the bevel being convex helps, but that’s two solid votes for it.

I read about people removing bark with a dull draw knife. I’m not sure if that’s because it’s better or because it’s not worth sharpening all the time if the bark is just going to dull it again.

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 01:19 AM

I just spent a little over an hour watching videos on sharpening draw knives. A lot more to it than I thought. Mine is in pretty bad shape so I have my work cut out for me. Thanks for the responses.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 12-21-2013 12:53 AM

I know you said you seldom use your drawknife but:

http://www.benchcrafted.com/Drawsharp.htm

Even if it gives you an idea to make your own jig to sharpen.

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