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12 Tips for Better Sharpening

Get better results in
less time with these
great tips.

By Ed Krause

Hand tools are a joy to use, but only when they’re sharp. Just as
learning to walk is the prerequisite to running, successful sharpening
is the key to “unplugged”woodworking.Try these tips and
you’ll be surprised at the strides your sharpening skills take and by
the quiet satisfaction you get from your hand tools.

Homemade Angle Checker

This angle checker, made from a plastic lid, is a simple
(and free) way to check the bevel on your chisels and
planes. It only takes a few minutes to make.

Simply cut a 4- to 6-in. diameter plastic lid in half.
Then, using a protractor,mark the desired angles on a
piece of paper. Cut out the triangles and use them as a
template to mark the angles on the lid.Cut out the angles
on the lid with a pair of scissors.Drill a hole at the top and
hang it on the wall near your grinder.

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No More Waterstone Mess

There’s no getting around it—waterstones are messy.


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