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Rockler Silicone Mat

Rockler Silicone Mat

11-08-2019 12:10 AM by Brit | 13 comments »

I’m sure many of you already have and use a silicone mat in your shop, but just in case there are still some die hards chasing their sharpening stones across their bench or scraping glue from places it has no right to be, I would highly recommend this product sold by Rockler. Althugh you can pick up silicone mats pretty easily, this is a very good product and for me the dimensions (15” x 30” x 1/8” thick) suited the space where I wanted to put it. Rockler also make ...

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Chain Saw Chain Sharpener

Chain Saw Chain Sharpener

09-25-2019 02:25 AM by Kelly | 2 comments »

An up front summary: I’m glad I bought this. After reading several posts about these, and contemplating past results of my chain saw chain sharpening efforts, I decided to take the plunge and gamble thirty-two dollars and fifteen cents ($32.15) on this sharpener. Sometimes, my efforts produced a quick cut and a lot of chips. Other times I smoked the chain a little and produced a lot of dust. The simple of it, describing my poor sharpening results, was: 1) I didn’t always...

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Taytools Hollow Chisel Mortise 3-Piece Sharpening Kit Does The Job Perfectly

Taytools Hollow Chisel Mortise 3-Piece Sharpening Kit Does The Job Perfectly

04-08-2019 06:27 PM by Jerry | 22 comments »

I just bought this for the paltry sum of $22.99 a couple of days ago on Amazon. This is one of those tools that does the job it was designed for perfectly, easily, and efficiently. I spent about a minute rotating the sharpening cone by hand inside my half inch hollow chisel mortising bit, and then another minute flattening the outsides on my diamond stone. The result is the chisel is sharp enough to shave with. Highly recommended. Here’s a direct link to the Taytools Hollow Chi...

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It's no Tormek.  But it is a Wen

It's no Tormek. But it is a Wen

03-03-2019 04:03 AM by Holbs | 23 comments »

With the ongoing hand plane & chisel sharpening experience I am working on, I wanted to add something that would benefit my ever increasing arsenal: a wet grinder. This will not replace, but add too my diamond stones and Worksharp 3000 machine.Tormek is well out of my price tag. Though surely more engineering, higher quality parts & motor… I think I would spring for a Laguna bandsaw before going for a Tormek or something else of value. A wet grinder was not a NEED but more ...

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Mostly good

Mostly good

02-06-2019 04:05 PM by Manitario | 3 comments »

I primarily use waterstones for sharpening, except when I need to be aggressive, then the 220 grit diamond plate comes out. I don’t like the mess of conventional waterstones; what I like about these stones is that they only need a spritz of water just before use. Generally, they work well; they sharpen quickly and wear slowly. I mostly have O1 and the PM-V11 steel; the small amount of A2 that I have is slow to sharpen, but I find it slow on everything! Strangely, the 3000g stone is b...

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WorkSharp WS3000 Wide Blade Attachment Changed Everything!

WorkSharp WS3000 Wide Blade Attachment Changed Everything!

09-25-2018 06:25 PM by fivecodys | 11 comments »

I purchased my WorkSharp 3000 last year for the primary purpose of sharpening chisels.It seems to do that pretty well and I was happy until I fell into the world of old hand planes.This seemed to take forever.I was not very happy with the results I was getting.I had pretty much fell out of love with this machine and then I read about the wide blade attachment.Holy cow! What a game changer! I had this installed and ready to go in just a few minutes and with the handy guide it comes with, for...

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Hurricane 1" x 6" Grinding Wheel

Hurricane 1" x 6" Grinding Wheel

07-09-2018 08:47 PM by Jim Jakosh | 15 comments »

I have heard about these CBN ( Cubic Boron Nitride) wheels for sharpening and how the heat goes into the aluminum wheel instead of the tool, so I bought one in 180 grit and got it today. This one is 1” wide and has square corners on it. I sharpened a lot of my lathe tools and a number drills with it. I really like the square corner for narrowing out the point of a twist drill so it will drill into any surface quicker with less resistance It runs so very true. The ID is .501 so I h...

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Aux Table for the WorkSharp 3000

Aux Table for the WorkSharp 3000

01-30-2018 12:24 PM by Dan Katz | 4 comments »

I couldn’t upload my pictures in the comment section so I’m trying here to post them.Here are a few photos of my set up for carving ad turning tools. I don’t use the turning set up often but for carving this is easy and will produce a very sharp edge starting at 240 if necessary all the way up to 1500.I have 3 wheels with 240-400-600-800-1000-1500

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Worksharp 3000

Worksharp 3000

01-09-2018 04:43 AM by Jacksdad | 13 comments »

I got the Worksharp 3000 for Christmas and I’m really impressed. It comes with 2 glass plates and 120, 400, 1000, and 3600 grit sandpaper, plus 1 slotted wheel with matching sandpaper. Chisel and plane blades slide in from underneath, it’s as hard to sharpen as an electric pencil sharpener. You can also sharpen from the top or there’s a free hand way to sharpen from underneath. It’s a fast and easy way to sharpen, you can also sharpen carving tools, I highly recommen...

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Lie Nielson Honing guide

Lie Nielson Honing guide

10-21-2017 01:05 AM by newwoodbutcher | 10 comments »

I never really devoted the required time or effort to learn to free hand sharpen chisels and plane irons. I feebly tried a few times but it never really worked well for me. Over the years, I’ve seen and read about the contests between the hand sharpening experts and the honing guide users pretty much resulting in a sharpness draw, with the free hand approach saving time. I never realized however how much extra time the honing guide approach took. I started sharpening my planes and chisel...

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