Sharpen This

Mike Davis

Mike
Corporate Member

If you haven't followed Chris for very long...What do you mean not at all?!!!!

You need to read this simple little book on sharpening. It really is the first thing you should learn about woodworking.
 

Woodmolds

New User
Tony
Somewhat of a companion item to the book.

Released 10/5
 

PeteM

Pete
Corporate Member
Somewhat of a companion item to the book.

Released 10/5
The Schwarz does some good stuff but $50 (increasing to $75) for a sharpening video???
That exceeds my pay grade!
 

Hmerkle

Board of Directors, Development Director
Hank
Corporate Member
The Schwarz does some good stuff but $50 (increasing to $75) for a sharpening video???
That exceeds my pay grade!
I thought EXACTLY the same thing! (I am a fan, but I am not mad at my money)
 

pop-pop

Man with many vises
User
I thought EXACTLY the same thing! (I am a fan, but I am not mad at my money)

Well, I bought it and just finished watching the various chapters for the first time. IMO, it was well worth the $50.

It’s organized in chapters by topic with a bunch more chapters to come in the future (included in the price). There is added value in for instance watching Chris sharpen a card scraper quickly (sans file) instead of just reading about it. His overall theme is sharpen tools quickly and then get back to dulling them which is more fun.
 

Oka

Board of Directors, Vice President
Casey
Staff member
Corporate Member
and Being a competent Machinist Mechanic
 

Atlasfanatic

New User
Jake

If you haven't followed Chris for very long...What do you mean not at all?!!!!

You need to read this simple little book on sharpening. It really is the first thing you should learn about woodworking.
I am pretty new to woodworking and just finished reading this book. I enjoyed it as it seemed to prescribe a very practical approach as compared to some of the videos I’ve found around the web which had an obsessive amount of detail and promoted every possible tool and jig available.

Now I just need to flatten the old set of water stones I inherited and try my luck at sharpening some chisels.
 

Mike Davis

Mike
Corporate Member
I am pretty new to woodworking and just finished reading this book. I enjoyed it as it seemed to prescribe a very practical approach as compared to some of the videos I’ve found around the web which had an obsessive amount of detail and promoted every possible tool and jig available.

Now I just need to flatten the old set of water stones I inherited and try my luck at sharpening some chisels.
Don’t try your luck, perfect your technique.
 

bob vaughan

Bob Vaughan
Senior User
The best sharpening advice I've ever gotten was from Mike. When the chisel will easily pare end grain of soft pine, it is sharp enough.
That advise focuses on results, not activity. Each person will have different resources and processes.
I did some quick tests after reading that advise and found that 100% of what I thought were sharp chisels were indeed not sharp enough. Once I got a few chisels sharp enough to pare the soft end grain of pine, using them was a delight in speed and accuracy. The rest of my chisels now await fine tuning.
 

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