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When, why, how to sharpen what. E.g. How to sharpen a cross-cut saw?

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Are sharpening jigs reasonably universal?

I'm considering buying a new sharpening system, either the Axminster Ultimate Edge Reverse or a Sorby Pro-Edge. And I'm wondering about sharpening jigs, I've got chisels and woodturning tools, but I'...
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When sharpening 3/8“ chainsaw chains, do you use the same file for 3/8” low-profile as you'd use for regular?

I'm in a bad spot because I got a "5/32 file & file-guide" kit but it doesn't seem to 'fit well' with any of my chains (all 5/32", some low-profile some regular)
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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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How to cleanup diamond plate efficiently?

I'm using diamond plates for sharpening bench chisels, and plane irons, and It's been difficult to keep them clean and performing to expectations. The instructions that come with the plates mention ...
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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 ...
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How can I sharpen a reciprocating saw blade?

Can I and how do I sharpen reciprocating saw, or Sawzall (as some people call it) blades? I have some that go dull and I want to know if I can't simply sharpen them instead of them going to waste. ...
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Lathes and cutting machines: sharpness versus hardness

As a primary school student I took woodworking classes and recall the teacher sharpening the gouges and chisels that we used on the lathe. I use the word sharpening but that is, perhaps an assumption. ...
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Eclipse style honing guide changing blade geometry & preventing tight mouth setting on planes

I find it much easier to get repeatable sharpening results with a honing guide, but I have noticed that the plane blades I sharpen with my Eclipse style guide are ending up with a different geometry ...
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How to clean sharpening stone in wood case?

I've got an oil stone from my grandpa that is glued into a wood case, I use it to sharpen chisels and plane irons. The stone has absorbed tons of oil and I'd like to clean it to find out the original ...
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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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How to prevent plane from clogging?

I've sharpened an old blade from a smoothing plane by hand, using sandpaper and no jig. It was very dull, so I'm not sure the angle was ok before. Now I'm getting these shavings that curl up too fast ...
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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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How do I sharpen curved tools like gouges?

My uncle gave me a set or carving gouges and chisels that he was not going to use anymore. They need to be cleaned as they have a little bit of rust on them. More importantly they look like they ...
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How do I clean resin residue from router bits

Routing chipboard and pine and other conifer woods a router bit of mine built up residue. I managed to clean some of it with acetone and mineral spirits but still there was left. The bit looks and ...
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Sharpening Stones for Chisels and Planes (the 1000th time)

A form of this question has, no doubt, been asked a 1,000 times, but I need some specific guidance. As and early Father's Day present, my wife bought me a Veritas Mk. II Honing Guide. Maybe this ...
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How many times can I sharpen a planer blade?

When time comes around I will need to sharpen the planer blade. I was wanting to know how many times I could sharpen these blades before it becomes 'accurate'. Meaning, as I sharpen the blade X times ...
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Is my “extra fine” diamond sharpening stone coarser than it should be, or am I crazy?

I have always had very unsatisfactory results from the "extra fine" side of my diamond stone (DMT Duosharp Fine/Extra Fine w/ Hardcoat, W8EF-H-WB.) It is supposedly "1200 mesh / 9 micron" (green in ...
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Can I fix this whetstone?

I have a whetstone that I was given, but it has very shallow dips in its surface; it is no longer level. Can I fix it, or should I just get a new one? is there a way to level a whetstone again?
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How often should I sharpen?

I find many different suggestions for length of time between sharpening, from before and after every whittling session to once every 2-3 years. I assume that many of these suggestions are talking ...
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Can all whetstones be cleaned?

I got a new (new to me, appears very old) whetstone today, and was told generally how to use it. I need to sharpen my son's knife, who at 9 years old has much more woodworking (whittling) experience ...
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Whittling knife sharpening with Kennametal sharpening stone

So I have this old Kennametal Sharpening Stone shown here: I want to sharpen this dull edge shown here: It was caused from learning mistakes which I am still doing, but would like a sharp knife, so ...
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Does anyone use diamond files to touch up/sharpen circular saw blades?

I am tooling up to sharpen circular saw blades, besides purchasing a good power machine I wanted to purchase some quality diamond files for touch-up and perhaps even sharpening the entire blade,...
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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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Sharpening - grit progression

When sharpening tools such as chisels and plane irons, I do little and often, stopping work, 20-30 strokes or so on a 3000 grit water stone (this is enough to get a burr the full width of the blade), ...
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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 to properly deburr a chisel

I'm struggling getting my chisels as sharp as I want them to. For example, they "catch" on almost all woods and by no means cut any hairs from my arm. I've bought the plans and built John Heinz's ...
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Can I get away with using bonded leather for a strop?

I had been saving some leathers swatches for use on a strop for when I finally get off my behind and start sharpening my tools. I apparently didn't notice that I had been saving bonded leather instead ...
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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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How and when should I sharpen my router bits?

I recently got a router and a set of Freud carbide router bits. I had a friend tell me that he sharpens his bits after every use. So I have a few closely related questions: How often should I sharpen ...
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Lansky System, Help!

I bought this Lansky system. In the instructions it says that Arkansas stones need to be oiled while using. Diamonds need to be cleaned with water and others may need a drop of oil or two after use to ...
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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 can I properly sharpen my knives with power tools?

I have drawers full of knives and blades that have never been as sharp as when they came from the factory. I have some whetstones, Lansky sharpeners, and leather strops. I have tried to use those ...
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My new 13" planer [closed]

I had some questions about my new planer I got as a gift. 1) Sharpening the blade How many times could I sharpen the blade before it becomes inaccurate. I was thinking once, maybe twice. But I a ...
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How to hand-sharpen a badly worn gouge?

I picked up a couple of gouges at a local thrift shop. Some of them are in good order, but some of them are in bad shape and should've been sharpened long ago. I've seen a couple of instruction ...
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Sander in lieu of grindstone?

Odd thought just went by: There are sandpaper-based sharpening systems ("scary sharp" and it's cousins), generally using fine wet/dry sandpaper on a flat surface like plate glass. There are ...
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What are recommended angles for different wood-turning tools

I am going to make a jig for sharpening my lathe tools and I want to mark on the jig where each tool should be sharpened to. Like the roughing gouge to the skew and stuff. So for each of these ...
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Can I sharpen a carbide tool with sandpaper?

I have some router-bits that are getting dull and need to be sharpened. I have 220, 400, and 600 grit sandpaper that I could use to give a sharp edge (if possible). If I need to get higher grit ...
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First two backsaws - what to choose/buy?

I'm a beginner, I've recently taken up woodworking as a hobby. I have a hardpoint tenon saw that I'm just not getting on with. It sticks a lot in the (primarily soft) wood I'm working with. I ...
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When sharpening, how do I assess what grit to start on?

My question is about sharpening edge tools such as plane irons or chisels. How do I establish, when looking at a tool, what grit to start the sharpening process on? It's clearly always possible to ...
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How long does it take to sharpen a saw blade?

To give some context: my cheap, £10 tenon saw that I've used for nearly everything for the last 2 or 3 years is showing signs of becoming dull. As it's the usual hardpoint type, I have read that it ...
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Tap magic cutting fluid

Is there anything in Tap Magic cutting fluid that suggests that I should avoid using it on my Arkansas sharpening stone?
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What is the proper way to sharpen a round plug cutter

I do not know how I should sharpen this bit. Do I sharpen what I have circled in black black with sand paper glued to a piece of wood? Or should I put it in my drill and sand the outside? I can very ...
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How can I identify sharpening stones?

I got some sharpening stones from grandfathers shop. Not many though. Some small ones for doing something like a pocket knife. Green with a gritty. Some red ones of same size and texture. A larger ...
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How to properly sharpen a Forstner bit?

I need to sharpen some Forster bits, which are made of steel. What is best to be used and is there a proper way of doing it? Some people use sandpaper and others say diamond. Could I use the sandpaper ...
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How to sharpen a circular saw or mitre saw blade

I got a mitre saw second hand and I am not sure how long it was in service for. I don't want to just buy a 12 inch blade as they can be expensive. Ultimately, I will have to purchase one at some point....
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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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Bench grinder, tool sharpener or sharpening stone?

I have a chisel set and drill bits that have never been sharpened after purchased and I want to purchase sharpening equipment, but I'm confused by the variety of options. So far I've found 3 possible ...
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How to sharpen a planer knife the right way?

I've been trying to sharpen plane blades and jointer knives for a long time now but never was able to get a really sharp edge. I see most people can achieve this, some can cut a paper by using the ...
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What angles should I be honing to for what type of chisels/planes/uses? [closed]

I'm new to honing/sharpening and am a little confused about which angles I should be trying to hone my chisels/plane blades to (given the type and their usage). Any general rules of thumb that I can ...
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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 "...