Questions tagged [sharpening]

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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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