Timeline for Routing tight edges/corners

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Aug 28 '18 at 4:46 comment added Andy For what it's worth, the "parallel line" around each letter is called an "offset" curve in the CAD programs I work with.
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Aug 3 '16 at 7:25 comment added Graphus @keshlam, yep, dead on. "...how often you're interrupted versus how long you're interrupted" is a great way of putting it! Personally I think that unless you're working very hard woods a lot of the time none of the 'exotic' steels make any sense as a purchase for bench chisels or plane irons, since any decent honing/stropping method should allow one to return to work in under two minutes (assuming you weren't complacent and didn't put it off too long).
Aug 3 '16 at 7:20 comment added Graphus @CharlieKilian, longer interval between sharpenings is a big selling point with most cutting tools of higher quality but comparative tests often show the difference is not that large (q.v. the Aldi chisels versus ones that cost five times as much). Edge retention is the thing plugged in the marketing of anything made from high-end or 'exotic' steels, and while the interval here can be very large indeed it comes at two major costs — much more difficulty in sharpening and the steel type can't be made quite as sharp (compared with O1 for example).
Aug 2 '16 at 18:09 comment added keshlam Generally steel that doesn't hold an edge as well sharpens more quickly, so for edged tools it can be a trade-off of how often you're interrupted versus how long you've interrupted. (Assuming a reasonable alloy to start with.) On cheap chisels in particular, take time to flatten the back of the working area for best sharpening: you want tow flat planes meeting at the edge.
Aug 2 '16 at 14:50 comment added Katie Kilian I found using cheap chisels such as the ones from Harbor Freight have another advantage, at least initially: I was less scared of messing up the sharpening process when working on cheap tools. They work well enough; the biggest problem is potentially one of cheap steel not holding its edge as long as a higher quality tool might. But when I was new to sharpening, I certainly felt more at ease working on a cheap tool I could easily replace.
Aug 2 '16 at 7:22 comment added Graphus @AdamPlocher, your Harbor Freight chisels may be surprisingly good. Many members of the Reddit woodworking forum have them and report the quality is just fine, but obviously being this cheap they're not all equally good. The main thing is they must be sharpened before first use (as with nearly every chisel made) and then honed or stropped frequently during use to keep the edge as sharp as possible.
Aug 1 '16 at 7:17 comment added Adam Plocher Wow, thank you for the excellent, detailed answer! This is what I was looking for. I will probably take the chisel approach, but the other thing is pretty interesting too. I may need to get a nice chisel. I got a set of cheap ones, I think from Harbor Freight. I can't imagine they will do much in terms of (good) quality - never actually tried them yet, and I don't think I've used chisels since high school wood shop (~15 years ago).
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