Sharpening

Wide Topic Variety: Yeah! Chapters Make sure you use the chapter function in this video to see all the stuff we covered in this Office Hours session. Good conversation and always fun to hang out…

Refine Your Edges for Durability The bulk of this Office Hours is taken up with sharpening theory and how the zero width intersection of two planes is the definition of sharp. But also how a…

Rock Your Hips Like a 5th Grader at a Dance This side to side technique for free hand sharpening could be applied to using a jig too. It even works well for straight edges. They…

Look for the Line of Light This video was originally published as an Apprentice only update video back in 2017. But I've found the topic to be really helpful for everyone and I wanted to…

Daunted by Sharpening, Here is a Place to Start Sharpening is a lot like religion: everyone has an opinion and they are very passionate about it. Usually they either try to convert you to their…

Everybody's Using Beads, Why Not You? Maybe it is my little area of the globe but I seem to find side bead planes hiding in every antique shop I go into. There were a lot…

When to Stop the Strop I knew going into this session with a question in the hopper on sharpening that much of the discussion would center around everyone's favorite topic. As expected we had some…

  Use the Blade Itself to Create Your Strop Molding plane blades, especially complex molders, can be a real pain to sharpen due to their weird shapes. The key to this, and really any blade,…

  Welcome Niles Krech I met up with Niles while I was up in Maine filming the Orientation Semester and he walked me through how he sharpens a saw. Personally I think this is one…

  The 3 Types of Edges and How to Sharpen Them All The wide open mouth and heavily cambered blade are the secrets to success when heavy wood removal is needed[/caption]Sharpening is said by many…

  Video Quick Links Sharpening a Wheel Gauge My Workbench Shooting Boards Fixing a Loose Rabbet Plane Wedge Box Joints? Fixing Twist Extending the Reach of a Shooting Board Lots of good questions at Office…

  You Need a Fine Edge to Get a Fine Surface Sharpening a card scraper can be done many ways. This video shows the method I use to restore a bad edge to cutting nirvana.…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/94tenws2wx?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 It is a Compromise Between a Flat and Curved Blade The medium use planes like Jacks and Jointers are used to flatten out surfaces and do the majority of the in between work of…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/jr7vdzg32x?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Eliminate those Plane Tracks The key word to creating a camber on your smoothing plane blades is subtlety. In fact you could probably make a drinking game based on the number of times I…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/knjwfczfv0?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Video Quick Links Make Your Own Strop Types of Strops Stropping Technique I live and die by my strop. I have several of them scattered around the shop so that I'm never more than…

  This week I want to discuss my new-ish diamond stones and why I like them. They are fast and just don't need to be flattened which makes a repetitive stroke like when I'm honing…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/sgd7dafe60?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Video Quick Links Introduction Vises & Files Choosing File Size Matching Tooth Geometry Filing Teeth File Size Revisited Conclusion There is a lot of how to on the internet about saw sharpening and 90%…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/zhmbzp2ep4?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Video Quick Links Sharpening Skewed Blades Sharpening Narrow Chisels Workbench Height Round or Square Dogs Fitting a Flush Front Drawer Aligning Carcass Dados Research Resources for Casework This is kind of a grab bag…

This is the final part of our Tool Buying guide series...at least unless collectively we can think of some more tools that need discussing. This time I cover some less glamorous tools but ones that…

Grind Your Tools with Your Feet I have been a big fan of the Tormek wet grinder for years, but it has always been rather inconvenient and a bit slow. So I migrated to a…

Sharpening is as always a gateway skill. With foot powered lathes it is even more important because we can't hide our dull tools behind high RPM as is possible on an electric lathe. This lesson…

 This session I address a question about drilling holes at an angle and which bits are best for that type of work. I also take the opportunity to demonstrate several types of bits and why…

Testing and Setting the Saw   Getting this saw to run true is about tweaking the set of the teeth just right so that it won't pull one way or the other. This is the…

  Part 1: Making the Saw and Blade With the ever increasing popularity of the works of Andre Roubo, this frame saw has gotten a fair amount of press. I'm here to tell you that…