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lumberjuniorvarsity

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10-26-2018 10:38 PM

Just wondering if there is anyone out there in the Anchorage, AK area who can direct me to where to bring 12” planer blades and 6” jointer knives to be sharpened. Machine is a Makita 2030. I called the local woodworking shop and they directed me to place in town (Northern Knives) but apparently the guy who used to sharpen blades doesn’t do it anymore.

Surely there has to be SOMEONE doing it? Otherwise, can anyone recommend a place to mail them to?

Thanks!


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-27-2018 11:07 AM

There is a member called Alaskaguy who may show up with recommendation, but if you wind up shipping them out I have 2 recommendations. The first would be Bull Sharpening in Oak Park IL. The second would be Dynamic Saw in Buffalo NY. (Sorry no suggestiions for the PNW). Both both these shops are full service, they do it all…forstner bits, router bits, planer/jointer knives, and of course…saw blades. They both do outstanding work and have reasonable turn around times. I send mine out because our local hacks remove about 1/2 the carbide from the saw blade, giving the blades an extremely short life.

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#2 posted 10-27-2018 02:58 PM

There is this one and apparently they have a replica in Palmer. I don’t recall where, but on my way to Vadiz, I came across a whetstone that was about 12’ in diameter and it ran on a water stream. It would rotate once every 30 seconds or so but it could eat up a knife in 1/2 a rotation. Maybe Alaska guy can tell where it is.

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lumberjuniorvarsity

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#3 posted 10-27-2018 04:52 PM

Thanks for the ideas guys. I was really hoping for something semi-local. I talked to a guy last week who sends his to somewhere in Maine. Mahdee, that sounds crazy! Sounds like a road trip is in order at some point.

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#4 posted 10-28-2018 02:08 PM

With these stones at your disposal, it is worth to get all your tools and the kitchen knives,axes, etc and make a day of it. The picture above is in Seward but the one in Palmer will be much closer.

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#5 posted 10-28-2018 06:01 PM

Well I use to take my sharpening need to a place called “The Purple Hipppo”. This guy was good. Unfortunately he went out of business quite a few years ago.

I now send all my sharpening to

Scott’s Sharpening Service
5805 W McLellan Rd #3, Glendale, AZ 85301
623) 931-0633

I also buy saw blade for him and that where I get my freeborn shaper cutters. He has the equipment and know how to do the job right. I meet Scot at a woodworking in Anaheim California back in 2002. He one of those indivisuals who will spend time on the phone answering your question if you have any. Easy guy to talk with.

That being said you could call some of the local cabinet shop and see where they get their blades do and ask about the local sharpeners. You might also Call, or better yet drop in (if you’ve never been there) at Hardware Specialties and ask them.

WHERE IN ALASKA ARE YOU?

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lumberjuniorvarsity

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#6 posted 10-29-2018 04:16 AM



With these stones at your disposal, it is worth to get all your tools and the kitchen knives,axes, etc and make a day of it. The picture above is in Seward but the one in Palmer will be much closer.

- mahdee

I haven’t been able to figure out where this might in Palmer. And I’m guessing the season is over now that the snow is falling…


Well I use to take my sharpening need to a place called “The Purple Hipppo”. This guy was good. Unfortunately he went out of business quite a few years ago.

I now send all my sharpening to

Scott s Sharpening Service
5805 W McLellan Rd #3, Glendale, AZ 85301
623) 931-0633

I also buy saw blade for him and that where I get my freeborn shaper cutters. He has the equipment and know how to do the job right. I meet Scot at a woodworking in Anaheim California back in 2002. He one of those indivisuals who will spend time on the phone answering your question if you have any. Easy guy to talk with.

That being said you could call some of the local cabinet shop and see where they get their blades do and ask about the local sharpeners. You might also Call, or better yet drop in (if you ve never been there) at Hardware Specialties and ask them.

WHERE IN ALASKA ARE YOU?

- AlaskaGuy

Thanks for the recommendation. I’m in Anchorage, and Hardware Specialties was the one that recommended me to Northern Knives, since they were (but are no longer) the only place in town that sharpens blades. Now, I guess no one does… Bummer! Looks like it’s USPS, unless I can find a cabinet shop that knows of someone. That’s definitely worth a shot.

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#7 posted 10-29-2018 04:57 AM

AlaskaGuy

Thanks for the recommendation. I m in Anchorage, and Hardware Specialties was the one that recommended me to Northern Knives, since they were (but are no longer) the only place in town that sharpens blades. Now, I guess no one does… Bummer! Looks like it s USPS, unless I can find a cabinet shop that knows of someone. That s definitely worth a shot.

- lumberjuniorvarsity
Don’t give up just yet. I have one more place to check. I retired a couple years ago from the Anchorage School District maintenance Dept. They had a place in Anchorage they sent all out saws blades to. I’ll call tomorrow and see where they are sending their saw blade to now. It may have been a place called “Precision Carbide” (344-4612) . Anyway check back here tomorrow I’ll tell you what I find out.

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#8 posted 10-29-2018 06:56 AM

Replacement blades are not all that expensive. I have a extra set for my Delta Planer & Porter Cable jointer. this way I can always wait to sharpen the blades & still use the equipment.

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#9 posted 10-29-2018 12:43 PM

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#10 posted 10-29-2018 05:57 PM

My recommendations would be:

(1) Call a small print shop and ask them where they take their paper cutter blades to be re-sharpened.

(2) Buy a spare set of blades online. As said above, they are relatively cheap. When you get them, send the dull ones out by mail to someone in the lower 48. I think you may find buying new blades is preferable to going to all of the trouble to resharpen them.

(3) Re-sharpen them your yourself using one of the simple build-it-yourself wooden jigs for smaller jointer blades. Just make the jig longer. These jigs are shown on YouTube if you search “how to sharpen jointer blades”. Personally, I usually opt for #2 above.

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lumberjuniorvarsity

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#11 posted 10-30-2018 07:28 PM



AlaskaGuy

Don t give up just yet. I have one more place to check. I retired a couple years ago from the Anchorage School District maintenance Dept. They had a place in Anchorage they sent all out saws blades to. I ll call tomorrow and see where they are sending their saw blade to now. It may have been a place called “Precision Carbide” (344-4612) . Anyway check back here tomorrow I ll tell you what I find out.

- AlaskaGuy

Thanks! I can call that number, too. I think the place that used to operate out of Northern Knives was called “Precision Edge”. Maybe that’s the place? Either way, thanks for your help!

On a completely different note, did you happen know a guy named Arnold Yoder who also worked for ASD?

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lumberjuniorvarsity

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#12 posted 10-30-2018 07:31 PM

As several people have pointed out, the best route is probably to DIY. I appreciate all the links. I was already researching that option also. It very may well be the long term solution. It’d be a pity to toss blades with plenty of life left in them.

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#13 posted 10-30-2018 11:03 PM


AlaskaGuy

Don t give up just yet. I have one more place to check. I retired a couple years ago from the Anchorage School District maintenance Dept. They had a place in Anchorage they sent all out saws blades to. I ll call tomorrow and see where they are sending their saw blade to now. It may have been a place called “Precision Carbide” (344-4612) . Anyway check back here tomorrow I ll tell you what I find out.

- AlaskaGuy

Thanks! I can call that number, too. I think the place that used to operate out of Northern Knives was called “Precision Edge”. Maybe that s the place? Either way, thanks for your help!

On a completely different note, did you happen know a guy named Arnold Yoder who also worked for ASD?

- lumberjuniorvarsity


I got in touch today with my School District contact. Look like everyone has closed shop.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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AlaskaGuy

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#14 posted 10-30-2018 11:07 PM

AlaskaGuy

Don t give up just yet. I have one more place to check. I retired a couple years ago from the Anchorage School District maintenance Dept. They had a place in Anchorage they sent all out saws blades to. I ll call tomorrow and see where they are sending their saw blade to now. It may have been a place called “Precision Carbide” (344-4612) . Anyway check back here tomorrow I ll tell you what I find out.

- AlaskaGuy

Thanks! I can call that number, too. I think the place that used to operate out of Northern Knives was called “Precision Edge”. Maybe that s the place? Either way, thanks for your help!

On a completely different note, did you happen know a guy named Arnold Yoder who also worked for ASD?

- lumberjuniorvarsity


I got in touch today with my School District contact. Looks like everyone has closed shop. I can’t believe that Anchorage Alaska can’t support a sharpening shop. Lol, maybe there were to many like me who sent them out of state.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#15 posted 10-30-2018 11:50 PM

That’s been the trend out near me sharpening shops getting smaller or fad away.
I use a place carbide saw and tool in San Bernardino
.80 inch for jointer knives

-- Aj

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