Sharpening & Maintenance

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…

  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…

  You Need a Fine Edge to Get a Fine Surface There are many ways to sharpen a card scraper. This is the method I use to restore a bad edge to cutting nirvana. Keep…

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…

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…

I published this video on The Renaissance Woodworker but thought it would be helpful to drop into the tool library as well since I built this saw vise specifically for sharpening the resaw frame saw…

The Brace is an essential tool but it is useless without a sharp auger bit.  I use it for any hole from 1/4" and up.  Anything under a 1/4" is really the realm of an…

  Whether you found a golden oldie at the bottom of a box of rusty tools at a flea market or just bought a brand new chisel you will need to know how to get…