May 22, 2003 – Diamond Sharpener Chisel Care Kit contains everything necessary to sharpen chisels, plane irons, and router bits. Chisel Sharpener – TheSharp Edge is a simple and trouble-free way to sharpen chisels and plane blades from 3mm to 85mm wide. To make matters even easier, the sharpening port has an integrated, patent-pending ceramic oxide lapping abrasive on its surface. But it is just not the end all be all, and people shouldn’t look at it like it is. No sharpening set up is. They all have their own negatives and positives. It also comes with two tempered glass wheels – the traditional guaranteed-flat substrate for abrasive paper sharpening.
I have tried all of the plate manufacturers and found EZE-Lap to be the best overall sharpening plates for consistency, longevity and pound-for-pound best value. There is also a bottle of oil to aid the sharpening process, and also a honing guide which provides you with the correct sharpening angle. The process is the same as for sharpening a chisel so I’ll just get to showing off the results!
Light, robust and easily transported, the sharpener is quick to set up, and features a unique sharpening angle that can be varied from 23 to 90 degrees. Anodized a brilliant blue, Alisam’s #SS1 is a wheeled sharpening guide that’s designed and used differently than other wheeled guides. You can use the angle block to change the angle of your chisel or plane blade by again sliding the tool through the honing guide and then resting the bevel on the correct angle step” while tightening the honing guide.
If the grinder has a permanent home on a bench or counter, a drawer under or nearby would be a good place to keep the rest of the sharpening gear so it stays clean and out of harm’s way. The Precision Sharpening System (PSS) comes with two DMT made inserts: coarse and fine. This little plane is really versatile, as it can be used as a traditional block plane, a rebate plane and even an end plane. The fastest-growing category of sharpening systems, these powered units use self-adhesive sandpaper stuck to swappable spinning platters. It’s pretty amazing that this little block pulls all the gunk on the Trend whetstone.
Both Work Sharp models have a unique angled sharpening port leading to the underside of the abrasive disk. Guide won’t hold some low-angle block plane irons; tapered edge tools like fishtail chisels; or thick tools, such as mortise chisels. Sharpening serrated blades and gut hooks require either a specially-shaped sharpener or abrasive material and a different sharpening technique.
Since I wrote the above I have actually sharpened a lot of stuff, including bringing old edges back from the dead, and am even more convinced that it is the way to go, for a woodworker that is. If you are a surgeon or just a sharpening fetishist you could go further! The port makes it practically foolproof to sharpen straight chisels and plane irons at the proper bevel angle evenly and repeatably.
The Faithfull two diamond sharpening stone is two sided, with grades 400G (fine) and 1000G (fine). This simple guide securely holds chisels and plane blades at the correct angle to bench stone, and ensures a true square edge. It clamps a plane or chisel blade between two wheels made of Ertalyte TX (a low-friction, wear-resistant plastic) that roll along the top of a stone or plate during honing. The white aluminum oxide is the standard for grinding cutting tools such as chisels and plane irons. After gluing up the mast or spar, a plane is a very fast way of rounding the mast.
I have a DMT Extra Course 8″ plate and 4k/8k Norton WS. The higher grits work great; however, I find myself constantly getting discouraged when trying to lap the back of chisels or plane irons during the initialization (or in my case, restoration of previously used/neglected blades). For instance, if you have no need to sharpen a saw, you’ll have little need for a saw set in your sharpening kit.
The reason the chisel is usually sharpened in a figure of eight is that this allows you to use the full width of the sharpening stone and you do not wear away a groove up and down the stone. No point in hanging about, this technique is for busy woodworkers, not sharpening enthusiasts. From cheap Wet & Dry Silicon Carbide paper to the Festool of the sharpening world the Tormek.
Sharpening chisels can be a time-consuming business and, all too often, the equipment available for the job is either heavy and inflexible or cumbersome and takes an age to set up. That’s why I invested my time and energy in inventing a chisel sharpener that is lightweight, easy-to-use, adaptable and, most important of all, dependable. Note: The angle you cut on the block is not the same as the tool’s bevel angle. Once I got used to its side-to-side honing action, I really liked the Sharp Skate III and the absolutely scary sharp edges it put on my chisels and plane irons (it didn’t form the kind of wire edge burr that back-to-front guides seem to create).
There are countless committed disciples of wet sharpening systems like the Tormek and Jet’s Slow Speed Wet Sharpener. James is highly regarded as one of the foremost experts in diamond sharpening due there product knowledge, lively demonstrations and performances at exhibitions worldwide. Matt, I’ve got my order in for the narrow width grinding wheel you mentioned at TFWW- it seems like this will be an essential piece of kit for helping me get started tuning molding planes. Ideal for fluted, shaped & small router bits Carbide or HSS, turning tools, chisels, plane blades, carving tools & all general tooling.
You can place the blade at the front when planing into a right angle, or in the middle when using it as a block plane or a rebate plane. All of Smith’s interrupted surface diamond sharpening stones have a Micro-Tool Sharpening Padä with an uninterrupted surface that is appropriate for small tools and the tip of your blade. Bench Planes: the essential plane is a mid-century 20th century Stanley or Record #6 bench plane.
In practice I find it most effective to reserve the finest stone for smaller chisels (say 10mm or less), the next for up to 25mm and the next for plane blades. If you understand the sharpening process — what is required to create a perfect edge — you can use almost any sharpening system with reasonable results. Honing guides make a good entry point into sharpening because of their low cost ($12-$80), effectiveness, and uncomplicated setup. Handle a sharpener with care to protect the surface of the sharpening components.
The Multi-Sharp ATT3001 Wetstone Chisel Plane Blade Sharpener has the following features:WATER-COOLED SHARPENING. With stones and every other sharpening system I have used, outside of MDF and a molded contour with embedded diamond paste, this is the only system that truly allows you to effectively manage the shape and angle of the edge. Below, to help you get started, we’ll sort through a few of the most popular sharpening systems available. CONS: When honing wide plane blades (2-1⁄2″ or so), the guide’s wheels end up so far apart that the guide only works on honing plates or very wide bench stones.
The guide offers two different tool clamping positions: A pair of raised lips atop the guide hold plane blades or chisels up to 3″ wide; a lower V-groove holds thin tools from very narrow up to about 1-3⁄4″ wide. In our Block & Bench Planes Tune-Up article, we will take you step-by-step through the process of refurbishing an older plane or preparing a new plane for smooth, accurate cuts. If you’re lucky it’ll cost you nothing because you already have everything you need lying around, and I guarantee it works every bit as well as any commercial sharpening jig… and it works better than some.
But when you use the blade to cut wood, making translucent wood shavings and leaving a finish so smooth that it shines, you will truly appreciate the skill and art of sharpening and you’ll get great results when carving. Summary: Help and advice on how to sharpen your chisels and plane blades safely and how to use oil stones or diamond stones to keep wood chisels sharp and effective. For example, the easiest way of cutting scarfs to join plywood in order to make longer than 8 feet pieces is by piling up the plywood and cutting an angle with a plane. The plane has a replaceable blade which is secured by a chrome cap with a knurled adjustment screw.
Sharpening is not particularly difficult to do but there is a knack to it and you will get it quickly with practice. Using a freshly sharpened block plane that just glides on, making a perfect shaving, is one of the great pleasures of woodworking. When making a bird nest mast, using a plane to taper the pieces so that the mast tapers is the easiest way. Sharpens HSS drill bits, chisels, knives, scissors, plane irons and other blades.
It’s more a convenience thing for me. I can sharpen a chisel in a few seconds if I do not use a honing guide even though I appreciate honing guides guarantee exact grinding and sharpening angles. From here, you may want to add some electrical power in the form of a bench grinder or one of the dedicated sharpening machines that I’ve discussed elsewhere. The Stanley 16-050 Chisel and Plane Iron Sharpening Kit is a complete system for accurate and precise sharpening of cutting edges. Remove the chisel or plane iron, lay it flat on the stone, bevel side up and pull back once or twice to remove any burrs. If applicable, make sure to hold the same angle when sharpening each side of the gut hook.