The Rule of Three
by Megan Fitzpatrick
Among the fundamental skills necessary for good woodworking, I’d put knowing how to sharpen your edge tools at the top of the list. Even if you consider yourself a power-tool woodworker, I’ll bet you have at least a chisel (or two) and a block plane in your kit that need sharpening from time to time.
There are many different ways to sharpen: waterstones, sandpaper, mechanical solutions, oilstones and more. Now I’m not about to stick my head in the lion’s jaw and recommend one system over another (and I’m certainly not going to tell you whether or not to use a jig).
I will tell you that I use traditional waterstones, and that when my pocketbook allows, I will buy a set of Shapton Pros (waterstones that don’t require soaking). And I’ll tell you that the reason I use waterstones instead of other systems is because I have waterstones – and they’re what I learned on.
From the June 2014 issue, #211