Are Your Tools Sharp?



Recently while I was working in my shop building some furniture, I found myself standing over the sharpening stone, trying to get yet another “perfect edge”. Once the edge was sharp, I thought to myself, “I think one of my favorite things about woodworking is a freshly sharpened tool!” I will admit that I don’t particularly like the process, it can be messy and takes time away from what I would rather be doing, and that is using the sharp tool.  But I will say, after 20 plus years of doing this, the joy of a freshly sharpened tool is still as fresh today as it was 20 years ago, possibly even more so now because I have learned better how to get that “perfect edge”.

Why am I writing all this? It is my hope that your tools are sharp too. I hope that you have the confidence to go to the stone, and take just a few minutes away from your project to sharpen; I know the results will amaze you.  And you if you don’t feel the confidence to sharpen, I highly encourage you to come take a sharpening class with us.

This upcoming Friday the 5th we will have a hands on sharpening course. In this course we will cover how to sharpen chisels, planes, spokeshaves, handsaws and even scrapers. You won’t have to just listen to me talk about it; you will get your hands in the action and sharpen your own tools.

So if you are still struggling with getting that “perfect edge” than pack up some of your tools, sign up for the class and head down to our shop this Friday for a day of sharpening.

To sign up for the class click on the link, SHARPENING CLASS.  I hope to see you back in the shop!

Frank Strazza



3 Responses to Are Your Tools Sharp?

  1. Timberman July 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

    Wish I could have been there, sharpening is something I’ve struggled with for a long time and my results seem to be random at best. The class is probably taking place as I write this 🙂 Would be great if there was some photo or video coverage or some highlights of the class.

  2. Don B July 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM #

    It was a great class. Hands on is always best and I didn’t have to go to the first aid cabinet once so that was even better. As always Frank was great. Must be hard to try and teach us amateurs. He has loads of patience.

  3. Spicy Dust July 7, 2014 at 3:43 AM #

    Hello Mates,

    Nice article Frank, I’ve always found myself in trouble when it comes to sharpening my blades for woodworking.

    Thanks for bringing this here.