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04-01-2020 01:18 PM
LeftFinger I was cutting laminated gunstock material , Spectraply for example , its extremely hard on bits I sharpen normal carbide after every use on that stuff
04-01-2020 10:12 AM
DaninVan Exactly, Charles, if nothing else market pressure forces manufactures to do the best job possible for their aimed at price point.
Why on Earth woid anyone pay say $30 for a bit then have to turn around and pay another $20 to have it sharpened PLUS have to ewait maybe a week to actually be able to use it?
"If I wanted it tomorrow I'd have ordered it tomorrow!"
03-31-2020 11:18 PM
Cherryville Chuck I`ve never bothered having a router bit sharpened yet as I doubt it would be cost effective until you get up towards the more expensive bit profiles. I do have some worth over $100 and if they get dull enough that a touch up isn`t good enough I might see what it costs. I`ve had saw, planer, and jointer blades sharpened and I`ve never had them come back sharper than new, even when using a sharpening service with CNC sharpening technology. All the decent bit makers have at least as good equipment themselves. If I bought a bit new that needed sharpening I would be looking for a different brand. The whole issue changes a bit if you are talking about shaper cutters since they usually cost in the hundreds so the economics are different for them.
03-31-2020 10:00 PM
dharps Yes, I am guilty of being age related myself. The saw sharpening shop said that sharpening new router bits is not common practice, but they have customers that will request a new bit be sharpened when they are working with particularly expensive stock. This makes some sense to me, but doubt I will ever do it myself. I work mostly with maple which is expensive to me but not an exotic.
03-30-2020 11:50 AM
DaninVan "Conversation starts wandering"...may be age related.
03-30-2020 11:31 AM
Cherryville Chuck
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I am not irritated by the early answers, but by the change in subject. Also, I set my query aside until I had a moment to call the sharpening shop.
That is pretty much standard practice here. This is almost as much as a social site that older woodworkers hang out on as it is a site to find answers on. You can`t always expect to have one without the other. In all cases I believe though, your question will be satisfactorily answered before the conversation starts wandering.
03-30-2020 04:54 AM
Stick486
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I am not irritated by the early answers, but by the change in subject. Also, I set my query aside until I had a moment to call the sharpening shop.
what did the sharpening shop have to say????
03-30-2020 12:28 AM
dharps I am not irritated by the early answers, but by the change in subject. Also, I set my query aside until I had a moment to call the sharpening shop.
03-26-2020 12:53 AM
Cherryville Chuck Like Dan said Arsalaan your question got answered 6 months ago. The acquaintance who told you woodworkers get new bits sharpened didn't know what he was talking about. Most come as sharp as you will ever be able to get them sharp. I touch mine up once in a while with a 600 grit diamond stone that can improve a worn bit but it won't cut as good as new. And some bit sets that are positive and negative profiles that cut mirror images such as rail and stile bits may not fit together properly after being sharpened. You might be able to get away with a few touch ups but any major sharpening make not work. Are you happy now?
03-26-2020 12:36 AM
DaninVan Why are you "irritated", Arsalaan; your question was asked and answered in the first few comments. Why are you only now, many months later, resurrecting this?
I thought the original answers were pretty plainly stated.
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