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Woodworking & Tool Sharpening

Selecting the Right Stone for Chisels and Planes
With so many types of stones for sharpening, it can be difficult to determine what the best stone is for your woodworking needs. Fortunately, the variety of stone materials will allow you to select a material that will meet your needs and stay withi......
Tormek T8 and T7 Comparison
Tormek T8 Tormek T7 Housing Cast Zinc Top, FrameMotor Mount andInternal Drive Wheel,with ABS Plastic Sides Welded steel 3mm (1/8") Tool Rest Mounts Integral to Z......
Tormek T8 and T4 Comparison
Tormek T8 Tormek T4 Housing Cast Zinc Top, FrameMotor Mount andInternal Drive Wheelwith ABS Plastic Sides Cast Zinc and ABS plastic Grindstone 250×50 mm (10"×2"......
Sharpening Stones for Flattening Wood Chisels
When sharpening woodworking chisels, it is important to have a flat back on the chisel. If the chisel's back is not flattened and polished properly, you will not be able to get a truly sharp edge. The need to flatten the back of chisels presents an i......
Comparing Woodworking Sharpening Systems
Finding a system to meet your needs is often determined by what you need to sharpen. We've put together this woodworking tool sharpening chart to help you decide which direction to go with your main sharpening system. Keep in mind that sometimes a be......
Recommending Sharpening Stones for the Beginner
What sharpening stones should I start with? We get asked regularly to recommend stones for the beginning sharpener. Everyone wants to get stones that will be of the most practical use. No one wants to waste money on something they will have to repla......
How To Flatten a Waterstone
Why do I need a flat waterstone? Waterstones sharpen very fast because the binder that holds them together breaks down quickly constantly exposing fresh grit. While this results in faster sharpening, it also means that the stone wears relatively ......
Selecting a Coarse Stone for the Woodworking Shop
What is a coarse stone and how is it used? Coarse stones are sharpening stones in the 150 to 325 grit range, with abrasive particles of about 45 to 100 microns in size. These stones provide aggressive cutting action allowing for fast material remo......
Flattening The Back Of Chisels And Plane Irons
Flattening the back of a chisel or plane iron is as important as sharpening the bevel. On a tool, the edge is created by sharpening the bevel and the back. Think of the back as a bevel of zero degrees. If the back is coarse, the edge will only be as ......
Maintaining an Angle
Other than constant practice, how do you maintain a consistent angle while sharpening a knife or tool? Almost daily, sharpeners ask us what they can do to keep their knife or tool at a constant angle as they sharpen it. This is probably the most com......
Selecting a Lapping Plate for Waterstones
What is a lapping plate and why do I need one? A lapping plate or flattening stone is a coarse stone used to flatten other sharpening stones. In order to keep flat and straight edges on cutting tools, it is necessary to have a flat stone to sharp......
Sharpen an Axe with a Norton IB64 Round Stone
There are a number of different ways to sharpen an axe, one popular way is to use a round stone. Round stones can be used with the stone in hand and the axe in the opposite hand. However, the easier and safest way is with the stone on the bench. With......
DMT Lapping Plate Comparison Chart
DMT Lapping Plate Comparison Chart   Dia-Flat Lapping Plate Dia-Flat 95 Lapping Plate 8" Dia-Flat 95 Lapping Plate Length 10" 25.5cm ......
Sharpening a Shovel or Spade
Digging a hole or splitting snarled roots can be tough work. Make an easier job of it with a sharp shovel. Many people have never even thought about sharpening a shovel, but we guarantee a sharp edge will cut through dirt and plant matter faster than......
Garden Shears Sharpening
My garden shears are dull and rusty. What can I do? Gardening tools like shears see hard use. Cutting through woody plants is tough on the best of edges. Add to that months of hanging in a garage or shed in all weather conditions, and it’s no surp......
WorkSharp WS2000 WS3000 Comparison
to Work Sharp's Cutting-Edge Technology Which Work Sharp model is for you? Compare the features below to see which best suits your needs. Sharpening Port bevel angle Fixed 25º angle with Tool Hold Down Lever Adjustable 20º, 25º,......
Tormek T7 and T4 Comparison
The Tormek T7 was Replaced by the T8 Tormek T4 Housing Welded steel 3 mm (1/8") Cast Zinc and ABS plastic Grindstone 250×50 mm (10"×2") 200×40 mm (8"×1......
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