Deulen Planer Sharpener

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Review by Robert Cole posted 04-06-2010 04:41 PM 7813 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Due to the length of planer knives you need to purchase two of the above knife holders to properly hold and sharpen planer knives. I have only used them once and they worked very well and quickly put a very sharp edge on my knives.

I purchased the knife holders on EBay. The item number is 250557952917. Dan Deulen is the inventor/manufacturer of the holders and he can be contacted at telephone number 360-601-1744 or at 11311 NE Stutz Road, Vancouver, WA 98685. It is my opinion that he is a very honest person. I encourage you to talk to him.

As a side note, I have purchased some regular veneers as well as some pre-cut veneer for making table tops. He has a huge antique paper cutter and is willing to custom cut veneers for you at a nominal cost.

Back to the knife holders….. The knives are held in position by stainless steel plates and anchored with brass set screws. The wood is high quality rosewood. The first photograph shows a holder from an end view with two knives in it. The second photograph shows two holders from a side view with two planer knives in them. The third photograph shows a holder with two knives in it setting on a glass plate covered with sandpaper.

The angles of the holder are set perfectly for joiner knives and stropping the knives on progressively finer sandpaper quickly hones the knives to a keen edge.

It sure beats a long drive somewhere or the US Postal Service’s snail mail plus time and money for someone else to sharpen your knives. There is only one person to blame for a slow turn-around time.

In closing I need to say that this is a high quality item that should pay for itself in in a year or two and end the turn around time aggravation. Finally, I have no personal or financial interest in this product and I am very pleased that I own two holders.

-- Bob, Ohio,

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#1 posted 04-06-2010 09:51 PM

Very interesting… I like the idea. I wonder if they could hold onto the disposable or quick change plane & jointer knives?

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 05:12 AM

Nice review!!! Thanks for posting!
I looked on eBay and he does not have any listed now.

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 05:47 AM

I have these under my watch list, thanks for the review now i know i can get them with no hesitation.

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 06:27 AM

Uh oh I see another trend! Just like the bridge city dado gauge that everyone was doing a couple months ago. I could make that thing in a hurry. Sorry mr inventor.

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 06:35 AM

Skeeter’s response made me LOL.

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#6 posted 04-07-2010 10:13 PM

Looks like a great product for a do it your self person. Be carefull not to put any big nicks in your blades or you will be a Loooooooooong time re-sharpening them.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 08:18 PM

The New! “Deulen Jointer/Planer Knife Sharpener” is now available worldwide (Deulen Tools). It’s available in six inch length for 3”- 8” knives and, now by popular demand it is now available in twelve inch as well for 8”-15” knives. Or you can put two together for longer knives. Using P S A sandpaper over plate glass or granite you can sharpen your knives faster than you can drive them to your sharpening center and, save on the Gas and time (Green). It’s going to be featured at the 2010 International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta Georgia August 25-29.

-- Daniel M Deulen

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#8 posted 08-19-2011 02:04 PM

Deulen, I certainly like the idea of your beautiful tool but it is on the expensive side for me.
Would it be possible for you to make an economy version of it, out a a less expensive materiel (aluminum)?
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 08-19-2011 02:33 PM

Daniel, do you have a link for sales?

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#10 posted 08-20-2011 02:02 PM

Here is the link to for sales.

I am going to have to get one of these to hone my new knives and touch up my old ones.

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#11 posted 03-07-2012 01:54 PM

@ Chris: Yes, it will hold the narrower disposable blades. I just bought the 12” jig at a woodworking show and have used it on my Delta 12 1/2” planer blades.

But my concern is at what point do these disposable blades become too narrow due to loss of steel from re-sharpening. I don’t that Delta publishes minimum width specs on these blades. I do knw that they recommend just replacing them. That could just be a marketing plot or a safety issue because the knives are very narrow to begin with.

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#12 posted 10-05-2014 03:39 PM

I’ve had great success with this jig. I’ve sharpened a set of 12.5” Delta disposable blades 4-5 times and they still perform great. I plane a lot of glued up laminations that take a toll on blades. This jig puts a razor sharp edge on them in about 10 minutes.

I use a technique of spray adhering 2 sheets (of each grit) of 8.5” x 11” sandpaper to poster board, which I then tape to my tablesaw top. Works well for me to have an 8.5” x 22” honing surface. I start at with 120 grit and go 180, 220, 320, 400, and 600. After I hone them, there is a very small burr on the back – which I remove by lightly running them over the 180 grit.

The jig was $85 at Rockler, but it’s paid for itself a few times already.

Mark Blomster
Minneapolis, MN.

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#13 posted 01-07-2015 01:33 PM

This is great info, particularly the step by step technique provided by Mark Blomster but thanks for everyone.

I used to have my table saw blades resharpened and then poof the sharpeners disappeared. After more than a decade of throwing table saw blades out we found Tom’s Mobile at the Markets at Shrewsbury PA, an Amish market. He sharpens my 10” 40-tooth blades for $9, however planer blades are 0.80 per inch which even if he were to charge per blade, rather than edge, is still a bit high. Thanks to the above reviews I will invest in a Deulen for my 12.5” Delta planer and Shop Fox 6” jointer blades.

Thank you all!

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