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Thread: sharp and not fancy

  1. #1

    sharp and not fancy

    Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Whatever method works... I've used a similar technique in years past, but once I got my Tormek, I've hardly used anything else.

    Some folks like to sharpen to 0.0005 microns, or whatever, but personally, I feel that's gross overkill. After half a dozen strokes of the plane, that super micronized edge has already deteriorated to about the same level as one that's straight off a grinder and hone. Lots of extra work for very little return, I'd say.

    I did buy a WorkSharp 3000 a few months ago. Compared to the Tormek, it was a colossal waste of money. I've seldom been more disappointed in a tool before.

    As for his last act - setting the plane sole-down on his table saw - I'd draw the line at that. Firstly, it might scratch the saw's surface, and secondly, it ain't good for the plane. If he moves it even slightly forward, the blade will be affected. If he were setting it sole-down on his wooden benchtop, that'd be okay, though. I do that all the time myself.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Gonzales, Louisiana
    The guy in the video is correct... I'm appalled.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    SW Minnesota
    That was just silly!!

    Going straight from grinder to buffer just adds time to sharpening. Slamming one tool onto another?? Why?? That is just silly.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Works for him, great, but I will bet money that he has never actually held or used a handplane that is truly sharp.
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Works for him, great, but I will bet money that he has never actually held or used a handplane that is truly sharp.
    I was thinking the same thing when I saw him "shaving" the end grain on that 2x4.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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