Archive | Sharpening Tutorials

How to Sharpen a Chisel, Part 1: Basic Techniques…and the Secret

Want to know what sharpening stones to use? Read our blog series How to Choose a Sharpening Stone. The techniques that I’ll show you in sharpening a chisel are the same techniques that you’ll use in sharpening a plane, a spokeshave, and other tools. The upcoming posts will show you in-depth the different issues you’ll meet. […]

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How To Choose a Sharpening Stone, Part 4: What I Use

See our previous posts on how to choose a sharpening stone. In view of what I’ve learned from many years of experience using different sharpening stone systems, I’ve settled on using the diamond stones mentioned in the previous post, following the finest diamond stone with a hard translucent oil stone. I’ve chosen this stone because it’s hard, […]

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How to Choose a Sharpening Stone, Part 2: Oil Stones

See our previous post on water stones. Now we move on to oil stones. There are many different types of oil stones available, from man-made to natural oil stones. They’re harder than the water stones but they also wear out. They also do need to be flattened from time to time, especially the coarser ones as […]

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How To Choose a Sharpening Stone, Part 1: Water Stones

I think that sharpening is one of the most important aspects to hand tool woodworking. As my tools become dull, I’ve found that the quality of my work also goes down. So therefore, it’s extremely important that your tools are razor sharp. In this blog tutorial series, we’re going to go over sharpening all edge tools: […]

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