George Vondriska

Sharpening Chisels and Plane Irons

George Vondriska
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The safest tool is a sharp tool. Lots of woodworkers cringe at the idea of sharpening their plane irons, bench chisels, lathe chisels….because they’re afraid of ruining the tool. This is where tool sharpening systems pay off. They help take the guesswork out of sharpening, and make sharpening easier. And if sharpening is easy to do, you’re more likely to do it frequently.

How it works

Tool sharpening systems typically provide an easy means of working through a series of grits, from coarse to fine, so you can do everything from reshaping your cutting edges, to honing them. Additionally, the system will provide a variety of platforms to rest the tool on, helping you get the angle exactly right.

Sharpening lathe tools

It’s not uncommon to sharpen lathe chisels a handful of times in the course of a single turning. That means you need a system that’s easy to use, and fast, so you can get right back to turning. Before starting your next turning project, make sure you know how to sharpen lathe chisels.

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6 Responses to “Sharpening Chisels and Plane Irons”

  1. John

    What is your opinion on using a wet stone sharping machine to sharpen my wood turning tools?
    the machine uses water for the sharping stone and has the tool rest which can be set at the proper angle.

    • WWGOA Team

      That would be a great way to sharpen your lathe tools in terms of accuracy. It might be a bit slow relative to a traditional dry grinding wheel, but you should be able to get a fantastic edge.

  2. Nick Syrigos

    i have just watched TOOL SHARPENING as i live in Australia how do i go about getting one these tool sharpening machines & acessories

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