Side Sharpening

You can sharpen freehand with quality results if you remember that wider is better.
By Harrelson Stanley
Pages: 62-65

From the June 2006 issue #155
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I like to equate sharpening to a golf swing. Through practice, you memorize the motion  that will improve your game. You can always get better, and there’s always something new to learn.

For me, sharpening is just as much fun as planing – or hitting a bucket of balls. I don’t find it to be drudgery at all, because I have a system that responds to my needs as a woodworker. An important part of that system is something I call “side sharpening.” Trying to balance the blade on its narrow bevel while sharpening is asking for trouble. It’s much easier to sharpen using the width of the blade to support the bevel.

Along with side sharpening, keeping your stones flat as you sharpen, properly removing the burr, and another step that I call “jointing” the edge, all combine to make a simple and efficient system for sharpening plane blades.

From the June 2006 issue #155
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