Woodworking begins with sharpening. There really isn’t any way around the subject if you want to take the craft seriously. Too often, many of us limp around using dull chisels and plane blades because sharpening feels like a tall task. But if you take just a moment, and learn the principals of sharpening, you’ll be delighted to find out that it’s neither difficult or mysterious. Anyone can properly sharpen their equipment. While you’re at it, learn from a master, Ron Hock, and you won’t be disappointed. Heres a few works from Hock:
“A properly sharpened edge eliminates one important variable when you’re learning a new woodworking procedure. To flatten a board with hand planes is a task that incorporates a number of skills, tricks and metrics. If you haven’t done it, it’s not as easy as it seems, but there’s plenty of help, including many excellent instructional media. Before you can begin to flatten a board, you must be confident that your plane is set up to function properly. It is not an exaggeration to say that all woodcutting operations start at the sharpening station and you cannot be sure of a plane’s performance unless its blade is flat and sharp.”
This collection of titles from Popular Woodworking is comprehensive to say the least. It covers everything from router basics through line and berry string inlay. Working your way through all nine included titles will require a good bit of time, but in the end, you’ll feel confident to jump into any build that involves a router.
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