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Forum topic by BubbaIBA posted 06-16-2014 04:21 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BubbaIBA

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06-16-2014 04:21 PM

Not wanting to hijack the current sharpening thread I figured I would just start another. Can’t have too many threads about sharpening amiright.

Really just about all methods work, some better, some easier, some quicker. The bottom line whichever means you use to sharpen and I have to say the sanding disk chucked into the drill press is at least interesting and maybe even ingenious, all require you to use them when your tools began to dull.

Most of us tend to be lazy and if it isn’t quick and easy we will put it off and digging out sharpening gear and setting it up is neither quick nor easy. The best sharpening system is a dedicated sharpening bench within a step or two of your main work bench, set up with whatever stones, strops, machines, and/or jigs you use to sharpen.

My sharpening bench is about a meter off the working end of my bench, it has all my “stones” laid out and my strops either in position or within easy reach if I want one that is not used often. On the right end is my saw vise and above the bench are stored stones, plates, saw files and other gear that are not used everyday.

When working all that is needed to refresh an edge is to step over to the bench, give the iron a couple of strokes on two stones, a fast strop and I’m back to work with a sharp edge. It is the same story at the end of the day, what irons I’ve used will get a fast touch up before putting them back on the rack.

When it is easy and quick it ain’t no big deal.

My sharpening bench:


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#1 posted 06-17-2014 04:12 AM

I need a sharpening bench. Right now I’ve got a sharpening back half of the house – everything is scattered in a room, kitchen and garage.

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BubbaIBA

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 09:39 AM

Been there done that :-).

BTW, I have a dry grinder and a Tormek in the “tool room” aka Fibber McGee’s Closet. Just not enough room on the sharpening bench for either. Because they are not convenient they do not get used much.

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 05:03 PM

Ive tried a handful of different sharpening approaches and honestly i like using a wet grinder, like a tormek the most, the results are consistent, and the whole process is a lot faster for me.

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 06:11 PM

Just about all methods work to get a working edge. I use a Tormek sometimes when it is the best tool for the job but for most of my sharpening freehand is quicker. YMMV. Whatever, the important thing is you found something that works for you.

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