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Sharpening

Using sharp tools is a necessity for quality work. Learn tips and tricks for getting (and keeping) your tools sharp.


A Better Way To Sharpen a Card Scraper

One of our favorite tools to tackle tearout is a sharp cabinet scraper. With this cabinet scraper set, you'll always … Read More

Flattening a Worn Waterstone

A little maintenance will keep your waterstones in good shape for a long time. Read More

Scary Sharp Tools on a Drill Press Powered Sharpener!

Your drill press might not be the first thing you think of when you want to sharpen your chisels or … Read More

How to Repair Broken Waterstones

If you've ever had a sharpening stone break, you know how heartbreaking it feels. We had two break recently. It … Read More

Sharpening Forstner Bits

Nothing beats a Forstner bit for drilling clean, flat-bottomed holes — unless the bit is dull... Read More

How to Flatten and Maintain Waterstones

Waterstones are great for sharpening your edge tools, but the surface of a waterstone can become dished over time leading … Read More

Bench Grinder Tool Rests for Sharpening

Add some precision to your sharpening tasks by upgrading your tool rest. Read More

Sharpening With Diamond Plates

It's tough to beat the convenience of sharpening with diamonds, and a couple new products make it almost irresistible. Read More

10 Precision Honing Guides

A honing guide makes sharpening easy an accurate. But before choosing one, it's worth comparing the features among them. Read More

Quickly Sharpen a Plane Blade

For your hand tools to work effectively they need to be sharp. In this video, Chris shows how to quickly … Read More

Honing Jig

With a small amount of scrap material and a little bit of time you can make this jig for your … Read More

Waterstone Storage

Storing waterstones in water leaves them ready at a moment's notice. However, overtime, the water can turn a little murky. … Read More

Sharpening Bench Mat

Waterstones make sharpening hand tools a snap. However, the water and slurry can be a bit of a mess. Here's … Read More

Get Razor-Sharp Edges

There's no doubt that sharp tools work better and deliver top-notch results. When results really matter, try this technique to … Read More

Top Sharpening Secret

Sharpening is a skill that takes practice. But you can cut down on the learning curve with a few hints. Read More