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Blog series by HappyHowie updated 10-20-2016 04:39 PM 6 parts 5327 reads 0 comments total

Part 1: Woodcraft Sharpening Class

10-13-2016 04:10 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Last Thursday I walked into my local Woodcraft store to shop for some Shapton glass stone set. I had some questions. I was told a sharpening glass was going to be taught that night in the store. So I enrolled for a $45 fee. The class was being taught by the store’s owner Ryan Balls. The class lasted for just over two hours. Ryan gave some great demonstrations using several different sharpening tools and methods. The tips he were great. I took notes. I should have gotten them out be...

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Part 2: Homemade Strop

10-13-2016 04:20 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Today I began making my own strop. A few weeks back I had purchased from Woodcraft a nice sheet of prepared leather for making into a strop. The instructions stated that the smooth side was for use with a strop paste compound whereas the rougher side was for use with the crayon type micro-fine honing compound. I sliced the leather piece into two halves. I took a scrap piece of cherry hardwood and cut it to a size that was just smaller than the two leather halves. I hand planed the su...

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Part 3: Contact Cement & Clamping Cauls

10-14-2016 03:11 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I selected some blocks of wood that I could use as clamping cauls once I spread the contact cement on both surfaces: my hardwood block and the side of the leather I was going to place on the wood block. One side of this strop will be using the rough side of the leather and the other side will expose the smooth. I spread the contact cement on both surfaces as instructed. Plus afterwards I gave the glue 15 minutes to turn or cure. Then carefully I laid the leather on top of the ...

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Part 4: Kitchen Knives

10-14-2016 03:23 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Since I was working in my sharpening center, my Annie asked me if I would sharpen some of her kitchen knives. Sure! Put them on a tray and bring them in. I used my Grizzly water wheel grinder with my Tormek knife sharpening jig. I visually check the bevel I needed for each knife by raising the adjustable bar above the grinder. In this position I can grind a bevel faster than if the bar was in the horizontal position. At least that is what the instructional videos say. I assume it is be...

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Part 5: Consolidated Center

10-20-2016 04:34 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Finally, I placed all of my sharpening equipment and sharpening stones onto this single mobile cart. This is my sharpening center. It consists of my Grizzly T100010ANV 10” Wet Grinder that I used my Tormek sharpening jigs that are mainly used to sharpen my turning chisels. When I started sharpening I used this flat granite stone with sandpaper with grits from 120 all the way to 2,000. After taking a Woodcraft sharpening class taught by the store’s owner Ryan Balls two weeks ago...

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Part 6: Mortiser Needs a New Mobile Cart

10-20-2016 04:39 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

My Powermatic 701 benchtop mortiser with the changes I made dedicating the cart it was on as my sharpening center niw needs a monile cart of its own. Fir now it will ride on my milling cart.

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