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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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How do I prepare a scraper for use?

In this answer LeeG talks about that a scraper needs to be burnished and sharpened. How does one do that?
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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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Is all fine grit count sandpaper called wet/dry?

I need to start getting into sharpening and honing so naturally one of the ways I could go would be to get some sandpaper in the 500 + grit count range. (That decision is based off a great video I saw ...
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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 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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How can I adjust my hand plane to take an even cut across its width?

I have a low angle jack plane (Stanley #62, bevel up) and it has the ability to adjust the blade side to side when I lock down the blade and iron, which supposedly is to allow you to even out the ...
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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 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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High grit sandpaper to sharpen a v-gouge

V-gouges are slightly difficult to sharpen. The inner part of the V is, in particular, difficult for me to get. I have read that you can actually use a very high grit sand paper, although I'm a little ...
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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 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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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 you use a 300 & 600 grit diamond jointer / planer blade sharpener / knife hone holder?

I received mine earlier today from ebay but no instructions were enclosed and I can't find any on the net. How do you go about using this correctly to get the most out of it?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 can I give a circular saw blade a flat top grind?

This question's answers suggest buying a table saw blade with a flat top grind (FTG). I haven't seen any of these locally, and I happen to have at least one dull carbide-tipped, alternating angled ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 to harden a steel chisel/blade? [closed]

I wonder of some sharpening technique can reduce chisel efficiency, so maybe after giving the chisel a nice cut it worth re-hardening it so it will last a longer in time. I know I can heat it and ...
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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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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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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 I use glasses-cleaning leather to make a strop?

I am having difficulties finding some scrap piece of leather in order to make myself a strop in order to aid the sharpening process for my plane blades and chisels. I was thinking to use this kind of ...
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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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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 ...