490 Sharpening options in my shop

August 18, 2012

Over the years, I’ve done my fair share of experimenting with sharpening. From the early days of sandpaper on glass to waterstones and now on to my Tormek, I had one goal in mind…to create the scariest sharpest edge anyone could ever imagine!!!

I won’t claim to have achieved that dream yet, but I’ve managed to create edges that were sharp enough to draw blood with very little effort, usually also at the worst possible moments too.

In today’s episode I’ll show you some of the tools and equipment I’ve used over the years to accomplish this goal. It’s not an episode on HOW TO SHARPEN but instead an episode on options for WHAT TO SHARPEN WITH.

From sandpaper to power sharpening and a few in between, I’ll show you what I’ve tried in the past, what I’m using now and a little bit of why on each method. Just like our woodworking, sharpening methods are a personal thing, there’s nothing wrong with experimenting until you find that one technique that’s right for you.

Tools mentioned in today’s episode:
Tormek Sharpener & Accessories
Veritas MK II Honing Jig
Shapton glass stones
Abrasive grit powders
DMT Diamond Plates
Granite surface plates

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  1. Bruce Beatty says:

    Thanks Matt
    I appreciate the layman’s version on sharpening. It is always a challenge to know what system to turn to. I bought one of the WorkSharp 3000 systems about a year ago and I pleased with the ease of setup and use. I’m sure I could get my chisels and plane blades even sharper with other systems but for now it serves my purpose.

    • Matt says:

      It’s very difficult not to want to try other techniques, but if you find something that works for you stick with it… if not keep looking LOL!!!

  2. Stan May says:

    Thanks Matt for another informative video.
    We all seem to travel the same path as we try to figure out the best way to sharpen our tools.
    Very informative and you have saved me a couple of steps along the way.

    Water Stones on the shopping list!

    Keep up the good work, and thanks again!


  3. Shaun says:

    Nice job Matt. Your collection is nearly identical to mine. I now use sandpaper on granite to flatten the back of my plane irons and chisels – especially the used ones I am bringing back to life. I use plate glass or ceramic tile with sand paper to flatten used plane soles. I too have upgraded to the Shapton ceramic stones. They cut wonderfully. I am trying to sell my water stones so my wife doesn’t see how much I spent on the Shapton flattening stone…

  4. Eric R says:

    Another great episode Matt.
    Lots of useful information.

    I have Grizzly’s version of the Tormek, and I hope you do a video of sharpening your turning tools on it down the road.
    (I don’t do much turning, but would like to get in to it a little more once I get the turning tool sharpening down.)

    Thanks again and keep up the good work.

    • Matt says:

      At this point I STILL don’t turn yet, but considering I have a midi lathe staring at me unused in the shop I probably should do something about that…when it happens, I’ll need to sharpen those tools after all my mistakes LOL.

      Keep watching, it may happen within the next 6 months…or not…

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