Sharpening Hints


One of the more common questions I get on a weekly basis in the shop has to do with the best was to sharpen hand tools. We have the Tormek T7 and T3  sharpening systems the shelf and whilst they’re excellent units, the price does end to put a lot of people off.

I’m a hand sharpener and use a combination of diamond plates, Japanese water stones and a leather strop to sharpen all my chisels and hand plane blades.

If I’m reworking a very dull chisel I’ll usually start with a coarse diamond plate of around 320 grit which is particularly good for removing any nicks or small chips from the blade.
I’ll then move up to a 600g, then an 800 plate, 1200 plate and a 2000g plate. From there I move up to a 4000g Japanese water stone and then finish with a leather strop dressed with honing compound. At every stage of sharpening I always sharpen the bevel, then flip the tool over and flatten the back.

I find that this process gives me a uniform mirror finish on the tool which stays sharp for a long time,( depending on the timber).

The biggest issue nearly all of us have had when learning to sharpen is to figure out the best way to set the angle of the chisel or plane blade so that we can get accurate and repeatable results. There are a mountain of jig systems available to help you set the angle but I’ve found that a simple jig which you can make up yourself offers one of the best and most cost effective solutions available.

The plan for the Deneb Puchalski Angle Setting Jig features on the Lie Nielsen Australia website, but for convenience you can click here for a direct link to the plan and here for a direct link to the really useful Lie Nielsen sharpening guide.

As always your questions and comments are appreciated.

Be safe and have fun

Cheers
Bryan

Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Event Photos

Hi All,

I spent a few hours yesterday down at the Lie Nielsen Australia hand tool event at the RMIT furniture workshops in Orr st, South Carlton where the irrepressible David Eckert, from   Lie Nielsen Australia and Henry Eckert fine tools and Chris Vesper, of  Vesper Tools are displaying and selling their outstanding ranges of tools.

Hopefully the photos below will wet your appetite and you’ll be able to get down there before they close at 3pm today, (Sunday)

Some offerings from Chris Vesper!

An assortment from Lie Nielsen

More  from Lie Nielsen

Hand Plane Heaven !!!!!

I hope that you like the photos and if time and your budget permits, that you get the chance to go and have a look. Otherwise, follow the highlighted links above to go to both the Lie Nielsen, Henry Eckert and Chris Vesper Websites and browse their collections at your leisure.

I feel that one of the keys to enjoying your woodwork is to find the right balance between hand and power tools. Adding pieces from the collections shown above will certainly go a long way in helping you achieve that.

As always, your questions and comments are appreciated.

Be safe and have fun,

Cheers

Bryan

Lie Nielsen Australia Hand Tool Event

Hi Guys,

If your serious about your woodworking, as well as your power tools I’m fairly certain that you’ll want to add a few of the outstanding Lie Nielsen hand tools to your collection. For those of you who aren’t aware of Lie Nielsen they are regarded as the “Festool” of hand tools. As a proud owner of a couple of Lie Nielsen planes, from personal experience I can vouch for the fact that they’re awesome to use.

This weekend, (the 7th and 8th of July) Lie Nielsen Australia are holding a hand tool event at the RMIT University School of design which is located in Building 73, Orr st South Carlton 10am to 4 pm .

To view the Lie Nielsen Australia website please click here. 

Also at the  show will be Chris Vesper, who makes the best squares and sliding bevels that money can buy, as well as Julian Pratt and lots of demonstrations.

With special show pricing you’ll certainly be able to get a few bargains

I’ll be popping town on Saturday afternoon so we may catch up there.

As always, be safe and have fun

Cheers

Bryan

Hand Tool Event

Hi Guys,

This is just a quick post to let all of my Victorian readers know that Lie Nielsen Tool works, (Australia) is holding a major hand tool event this weekend, the 21st and 22nd of April.

its being held in the Furniture workshop at Holmesglen Tafe, Gate 3, Building 5 Batesford road Holmesglen.

For more info please click here to go to the Lie Nielsen Australian website.

As well as Lie Nielsen there will be stalls from Chris Vesper, Philip Ashby and the Hand Tool Preservation Society.

Hope to see you there,

As usual, be safe and have fun

Cheers

Bryan

My Two Favorite Hand Planes

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I have a real passion for hand planes and have quite a good collection, but when It comes down to it the two planes pictures here are the ones I reach for 90% of the time.

The larger of the two is an antique smoothing plane made by Stewart Spiers, from Ayr Scotland.
The smaller of the two is a Lie Nielsen skew angle block plane.

Cheers,
//

Bryan

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