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My tool sharpening skills are below sub par (and that's being nice to myself). Yesterday I tried to sharpen a block plane iron - so now let's just say it's better but that's not saying much. A while back I bought a set of small DMT diamond 'stones' and so far have not been overjoyed with their performance other then putting a better edge on my Swiss army knife. I've spent some time on the 'net - no clue as to how many different stones there are, but it has to be in the dozens if not more. There are machines 'guaranteed' to be the best way along with motor driven wheels and different kinds of guides that keep the correct angles on a wheel or even a bench stone ..... well you get the idea.

My dilemma - plane irons, chisels from small carving size to about 2 inches wide, my pocket knives and of course SWMBO's Wusthoff kitchen set. Is there a common denominator, a good method or even good sharpening devices like my Drill Doctor (that works nicely once I figured it out).

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I tried a search here but came up with nothing much.

My tool sharpening skills are below sub par (and that's being nice to myself). Yesterday I tried to sharpen a block plane iron - so now let's just say it's better but that's not saying much. A while back I bought a set of small DMT diamond 'stones' and so far have not been overjoyed with their performance other then putting a better edge on my Swiss army knife. I've spent some time on the 'net - no clue as to how many different stones there are, but it has to be in the dozens if not more. There are machines 'guaranteed' to be the best way along with motor driven wheels and different kinds of guides that keep the correct angles on a wheel or even a bench stone ..... well you get the idea.

My dilemma - plane irons, chisels from small carving size to about 2 inches wide, my pocket knives and of course SWMBO's Wusthoff kitchen set. Is there a common denominator, a good method or even good sharpening devices like my Drill Doctor (that works nicely once I figured it out).
over time and many many dollars later.... and I mean many...
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http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/page.aspx?p=51868&cat=1,43072,43078&ap=1

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Check what Lee Valley has for sharpening. Leonard Lee, who founded Lee Valley, wrote the definitive book on sharpening, not my words, that is what Sorby chisel maker of the UK said about it. They make some of the best and most expensive chisels and lathe tools in the world. I use diamond stones, diamond and carbide sandpaper, and a felt wheel with honing compound for my sharpening. The diamond stones or hones are Chinese, the sandpaper comes from either Lee Valley or Heleta Industries (used to be Bullit or Bullet) in the the states, and the felt wheel and green honing compound are from Lee Valley although they can be purchased in a lot of places. The green compound is equivalent to 8000 grit and will put a mirror finish on an edge. I'm only satisfied when I'm able to effortlessly shave hair off the back or my hand or forearm.

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I just bought a brand new Woodworking Tool Sharpener WS3000 off Craig's list. It is a terrific tool for sharpening most woodworking tools.

Simple, easy to use and gives a fine sharp edge. As an amateur woodworker I really like the idea of this tool. It will not do everything, but it does enough for me.

There are many videos on youtube about it's operation and use. It may not be for purists but it works for me.

I purchased mine, brand new in the box, for a little over 1/2 price retail from Craig's list
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My dilemma - plane irons, chisels from small carving size to about 2 inches wide, my pocket knives and of course SWMBO's Wusthoff kitchen set. Is there a common denominator, a good method or even good sharpening devices like my Drill Doctor (that works nicely once I figured it out).
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This short video might help, if not just do a Google search.

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I knew if I asked I would get lots of good information. I've just placed a reserve at the library for a couple books, one by Leonard Lee and the other by Lie-Nielsen and will buy the one that works best for me. That Lee Valley arrangement seems like a good way to go - they, if you look in their on-line catalog, have a half dozen of that similar style along with a bucket full of others that will need to be looked at before I put the ol' nose clip on and jump in the deep end of the pool. I have been using something like the Scary Method and a piece of glass (now busted) to do a final hone and that seems to be a fairly economical way vs a bunch of very expensive water or oil stones that can easily go out of flat.

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I got the WorkSharp 3000 for Christmas. I have an old Staanle # 5 I have been going to clean up. I cleaned and flattened the sole on my 6 x 48'belt sander fininshing with 220 grit.

I first surfaced both side of the iron on the 220 grit belt sander to cleean on the rust

Then I used the worksharp for the flattening the back. Then set the angle to 25 degrees. Worked thru all the grits and now have mirrow finish on the iron cutting edge and it will shave the hair on my arm. I sharpened a couple of lathe gouges free hand using the slotted wheel and they cam out very nice.

The same people that make the drill doctor make the worksharp. They have a belt attachment for sharpening knives ( I don't have that as I alreday have there knife sharpener).
I also did a cheap block plane iron that I had recently done by hand using a wood river guide and final 600 grit diamond. When I was through I had a much superior edge.

Please not the the sandpaper system will not work with carbide tips. The do make a couple of diamond hones as accesories.
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