I was asked to do a demonstration at the next meeting of the Sin City Woodworkers this coming Wednesday and agreed to do one on half blind dovetails. It'll be good practice for my upcoming class in September. In my preparation for that today I discovered that my chisels could be sharper! Seems as if sharpening is a never ending process when it comes to working wood. Without a doubt though, when your tools are sharp the work goes so much better. It's a valuable part of woodworking and well worth the time and effort. My general procedure is to look over my sharpening notes but here's a link to really good video on YouTube by Lie-Nielsen tool works . Using his advice, I flattened my stones after using both sides once and just as advertised it went well. In the past I'd only flatten after a complete sharpening session, this way is quicker and insures that the stone will be flat for each tool. Here's a picture of all that action:
|Left to Right: 4000/8000 Stone, 220/1000 Stone, Flattening Stone|
|Ready to go to Work!|
One of the things that always pops up in my head when sharpening is the phrase: "if you can see something then you have nothing". Meaning that the cutting edge should be invisible, if you see anything at all it's probably a nick or blunted edge that needs to be taken care of.
I still need to cut the taper on the legs for the contemporary designed tables for our family room. Seems as if every time I start to do that something else pops up!