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How does one aggressively sharpen chisels and plane irons when damaged?

Obviously both of those cases are quite severe examples of edge damage, but even for single chips smaller than this re-grinding the bevel manually can be challenging. This level of edge repair is ...
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What criteria would want me to bevel my chisel in a certain way

TL;DR warning. Sharpening is a deep and broad subject, with a lot of opinion and personal preference interspersed with the facts and science so be prepared to have to make your own mind up, i.e. ...
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How to sharpen a circular saw or mitre saw blade

A 12" miter saw blade of the ilk normally found on a miter saw or cut-off saw looks like this: The teeth on the saw blade are carbide material that is very hard. You will not want to take a file to ...
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DIY honing oil?

Things that I've heard can be used: mineral oil, vegetable oil, 3-in-1 oil, ATF, kerosene. Yes these can all be used. ATF should be avoided as it can contain ingredients you don't want on your skin, ...
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How do I sharpen a chisel/plane blade?

Sharpening is a lot trickier than one would expect. In order to have a sharp blade you need to have two polished sides meeting one another: the back of the plane iron (or chisel) and the bevel. A ...
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How and when should I sharpen my router bits?

I have never sharpened my router bits (they are all the nice ones with the carbide cutters). However, pitch will develop on them after some use. I just use a bit cleaning solution I got from Woodcraft ...
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How can I tell if leather is vegetable tanned?

The differing properties of vegetable-tanned hide over chromium-tanned is an interesting subject to read up on but I think it should be stressed here that a preference for one over the other for ...
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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

I am trying to figure out if there are any differences between the two that would make me want to choose one over the other. Or perhaps it just boils down to price and opinion in which case the answer ...
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How do you use a 300 & 600 grit diamond jointer / planer blade sharpener / knife hone holder?

Stop! Please don't use that stuff on your tools, it's far too coarse. 300 and 600 grit is most certainly not suitable for sharpening a planer blade or such. 300 grit is very aggressive, it takes away ...
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Bench grinder, tool sharpener or sharpening stone?

bench grinder is what I thought was the standard sharpening tool. A bench grinder is considered a coarse tool when it comes to sharpening fine woodworking implements. The only time you should need ...
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How and when should I sharpen my router bits?

Sharpening bits after every use sounds like a really bad advice. Not only is the router bit getting smaller every time (no joke!), so eventually you will notice that this 6mm plywood that you're ...
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Is there a 'best' way to sharpen an edged tool like a chisel?

Tl;DR Let me begin this answer with the final conclusion: all sharpening systems work. Just pick one and live with it because none of them are any fun. I use a set of Arkansas oil stones from Dan’...
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Sharpening grits -- naming and selection

"Fine" and "extra fine" seem to be defined differently for every manufacturer or medium This is partly because each term from Extra Coarse to Ultra Fine represents a range of grits. I'm not ...
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Is all fine grit count sandpaper called wet/dry?

So is all the very fine grit count paper actually wet/dry sandpaper? No. You can get regular papers that go to 400, 600 and even 800 grit (or equivalents). But as a broad generalisation if you see ...
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How to properly sharpen a Forstner bit?

I don't think you can sharpen a Forstner bit accurately enough with abrasive paper. Even if you glue it to a small slips of wood to make rudimentary files from it these won't be particularly stiff so ...
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When sharpening, how do I assess what grit to start on?

In order to do this without gaining the experience to be able to assess what grit would be a good start, you would have to (I think this is why people are saying you really have to judge it.): Use a ...
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How to sharpen a circular saw or mitre saw blade

Here is another method from the always-interesting Mathias Wandel. Mathias's jig
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Sharpening grits -- naming and selection

I have to admit to being a bit lost as to what grades of abrasive exist in what media Being a bit unsure of what equates to what is commonplace and even outright confusion is understandable because ...
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DIY honing oil?

I use Norton Sharpening Stone Oil for my oilstones. If you take a look at the product description, they say it's 100% food-safe mineral oil. It seems a little less viscous than the mineral oil I use ...
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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

I am trying to figure out if there are any differences between the two that would make me want to choose one over the other. There is really only one significant difference I can see between the two ...
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Bench grinder, tool sharpener or sharpening stone?

TL;DR warning. Bench grinder, tool sharpener or sharpening stone? Yes :-) All of those are suitable tools for sharpening woodworking equipment, from chisels to plane irons to drill bits (certain ...
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How can I identify sharpening stones?

If I have a stone what characteristics or tests can I use to determine what kind of stone it is. There are no real tests you can do to determine the kind of stone, although you can get a practical ...
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How to properly deburr a chisel

It looks pretty good to me. It's hard to tell exactly from the pictures, but this is pretty close to what my chisels look like after sharpening. Get some honing compound and either some leather or ...
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Sharpening - grit progression

Many videos and tutorials from the much respected internet woodworkers show them always going from a coarse medium through to a fine. I think there are three key things here. With respect to a few ...
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How to cleanup diamond plate efficiently?

In terms of the cleanliness of the plates, I think you're worrying about nothing. Most people's plates are a bit grey, and not a few are tinged with rust from the same level of steel residue rusting ...
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Is there a 'best' way to sharpen an edged tool like a chisel?

The most important part of sharpening a tool is knowing where to remove the material from to restore the edge. On wipedia's grind page there is a description of the most common ways to put an edge to ...
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How do I prepare a scraper for use?

This will deal with sharpening a flat scraper. Curved scrapers follow the same principle, but I don't personally have any experience with them. First, you need to flatten the edge. I sandwich the ...
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How do I sharpen a chisel/plane blade?

You mention that you have a sharpening stone. One improvement might also be to make an angled guard that you run atop the stone that helps to impart the proper chisel angle. Something like the below ...
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Is all fine grit count sandpaper called wet/dry?

When polishing metals, it is quite common to use very fine grit (high grit count) sandpaper. I use it frequently. It's also recommended to use up to 1500 grit sandpaper when preparing certain wood ...
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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

It seems the other answers so far have all been hobbyists who use their diamond stones occasionally, which is fine (though I may be wrong!), but I can speak from the perspective of using these stones ...
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