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12 Tips for Better Sharpening Washington DC

Hand tools are a joy to use, but only when they're sharp. Just aslearning to walk is the prerequisite to running, successful sharpeningis the key to "unplugged" woodworking. Try these tips and you'll besurprised at the strides your sharpening skills take and by the quietsatisfaction you get from your hand tools.

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12 Tips for Better Sharpening

12 Tips for Better Sharpening

 

Hand tools are a joy to use, but only when they're sharp. Just as learning to walk is the prerequisite to running, successful sharpening is the key to "unplugged" woodworking. Try these tips and you'll be surprised at the strides your sharpening skills take and by the quiet satisfaction you get from your hand tools.

Homemade Angle Checher
This angle checker, made from a plastic lid, is a simple (and free) way to check the bevel on your chisels and planes. It only takes a few minutes to make.

Simply cut a 4- to 6-in. diameter plastic lid in half. Then, using aprotractor, mark the desired angles on a piece of paper. Cut out the triangles and use them as a template to mark the angles on the lid. Cutout the angles on the lid with a pair of scissors. Drill a hole at the top and hang it on the wall near your grinder.


No More Waterstone Mess
There's no getting aroundit—waterstones are messy. Here's a simple tip for keeping that mess contained: Pick up a heavy-gauge, 13 in. by 19-in. cookie sheet (about$7) at the grocery store, hardware store—wherever. It's large enough to easily hold three stones. Use a 3/4-in. board pushed against the stones and clamp down the board and the cookie sheet on your bench. When you're done, just wipe the cookie sheet dry and hang it on the wall.

Dress for Sucess
Ever lose your temper? I mean yourchisel's temper. Don't get burned by a clogged, uneven grinding wheel. Dressing your grinder wheels periodically to keep them clean and flat helps prevent the excess heat that leads to bluing and loss of temper(s).

Single-point diamond wheel dressers do a great job but they'redifficult to use freehand. Try a flat-tip diamond dresser instead. It has 36-grit diamond stone particles imbedded in a 1/2-in. wide by3/4-in.-long face. Simply place it on your grinder's tool rest and make contact with the wheel.

Flat-tip diamond dressers are available from Woodcraft Supply, (800) 225-1153, #124670, $18.

Surefire Scraper Filing
You've probably heard other woodworkers talk about what a great tool the scraper is, but maybe you've never had much luck with one yourself. Using them is easy; getting a good edge on them is the tough part. The hardest step in sharpening a scraper is the first one— filing the edge square and flat. Start off right with this easy-to-make file holder:

Cut a kerf equal to the thickness of an 8-in. mill file in a 1-1/4-in.thick by 4-in. wide by 6-in.-long piece of wood. The kerf should be a little deeper than half the width of the file. This allows you to set the file at different depths to avoid dulling it in one spot. Clamp the scraper in a wood-jaw vise. Push the scraper firmly against the holder while filing for a perfectly square edge.

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