Straight Talk on Sharpening

While a cambered plane blade works fine, why start the hard way?

By Deneb Puchalski
Pages: 40-43

From the December 2011 issue # 194
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A sharp edge is an absolute necessity for hand-tool woodworking – but for many beginners, sharpening plane irons and chisels is an obstacle rather than a gateway to enjoying hand tools. Using dull tools not only requires more effort, it yields poor results. I believe sharpening is a skill that you must master in order to do good work. That doesn’t mean it has to be hard to do.

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From the December 2011 issue #194
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