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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

I am looking into getting a set of diamond stones so I can start some serious sharpening. I am doing some now with sandpaper but I am starting to find aspects tedious and am looking at other options. ...
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DIY honing oil?

I can't find honing oil locally anymore. My (chisel) sharpening is pretty low-end - I don't even know what kind of stone I have. (I got it at Lowes, long ago. It has 2 faces, one pink, one dark-ish ...
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How does one aggressively sharpen chisels and plane irons when damaged?

I have a lot of finds from garage sales and from picking out tools from my grandfather's old shop. While he mostly keeps his tools in great working order he had some that I would guess he didn't feel ...
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What criteria would want me to bevel my chisel in a certain way

In my continuing attempts to learn all the things another question stemmed from watching a chisel sharpening video from Paul Sellers. When sharpening his new chisel (he explained that he does this to ...
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How do I sharpen a chisel/plane blade?

I'm getting started with woodworking and am looking to refine my technique for sharpening chisel/plane blades. Currently, I just have a cheap double-sided water stone, but am now looking to get a "...
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Is there a 'best' way to sharpen an edged tool like a chisel?

There are a bewildering variety of sharpening methods out there and many opinions as to which might be the best. Is there a best way? What are some good references on the subject?
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How can I tell if leather is vegetable tanned?

In my continued effort to learn more about sharpening I see that the last step always involves stropping. Purchasing one seemed folly as someone mentioned that woodworkers who buy strops should ...
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Sharpening grits — naming and selection

Independent of all the different kinds of surface one can use to shape, clean, and sharpen tools -- and perhaps independent of whether said surface is motorized or not -- I have to admit to being a ...
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How can I tell if wood turning (lathe) chisels are sharp?

I have a set of large wood chisels given to me by a person that has never used them and doesn't know their history. I attempted to turn a small test bowl with them, but had tear-out type issues. How ...
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What's a quick, easy home-made honing guide?

What's a quick, easy, home-made honing guide for sharpening blades for e.g. a plane? I'm thinking for a 25 degree surface, just cut a block of wood to 25 degrees on a mitre-saw and then screw the ...
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6“ or 8” bench grinder

I am looking to sharpen drill bits, wood turning tools and what ever else you would sharpen in the wood shop. I am told that a 6" is okay but should really get a 8". I am looking at Ryobi brand bench ...
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Is the “paper test” actually relevant to sharpening chisels and planes?

It is pretty common to see references to the "paper test" for checking for sharpness of an edge -- the idea that you should be able to lightly rest the blade against the edge of a piece of paper and ...
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Is there such a thing as a woodworking chisel with a high-speed steel tip?

I do metalworking in addition to woodworking (as a hobbyist in both cases). As I was sharpening my chisels, I was thinking I would like it if the edges held up a bit longer. Reflecting on that a bit ...
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How to set up a Veritas Basic Grinding jig with short chisels

Problem I need to regrind new bevels on some old worn-out chisels, without using free-hand techniques, which I know how to do already. After some belabored research on grinding jigs, I purchased a ...