Sharpening Shortcuts

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It goes with out
saying that there’s a renewed curiosity in hand instrument
woodworking, and far has been written on the subject, and that’s
nice as a result of there actually is lots to find out about these instruments
which can be “new” to many woodworkers. That stated, my expertise
with hand instruments has taught me one factor – Hold it Sharp!
Whether or not a noticed, knife or blade, sharp instruments minimize extra precisely,
safely and cleanly. I’ve additionally realized that I actually don’t get pleasure from
the sharpening course of all that a lot, despite the fact that I perceive
that I must do it. Type of like getting the dishes out of
the sink. You already know it’s important to do it, and also you recognize it
when it’s carried out. You simply need to roll the sleeves up and get to
work! So, to assist all of our present and potential hand instrument
woodworkers, I’ve included a tip right here from the Sharpening
Shortcuts chapter in
Hand Tool Fundamentals
. The opposite suggestions and
strategies discovered on this e-book ought to shorten your sharpening
time, and get you again to woodworking. Get pleasure from!


Sanding Belt Lapping Jig

You may chew up a
lot of sandpaper flattening a airplane iron, a big chisel or the
backside of a airplane. It is smart to make use of paper that lasts a
very long time–like a sanding belt. However, if you happen to minimize a belt to put
open, it gained’t sit flat, as a result of its backing is simply too stiff.

To beat this downside, I devised a jig that stretches a belt
very tight. I solely use it with coarse grits–60, 80, and 100–for
instruments that want loads of flattening. The jig is doublesided, of
course, so that you’ll use the entire belt. It gained’t slip if you’re
flattening, as a result of the abrasive on the underside grips your

I made this jig for the 6&occasions;48 belts that go on my mixture
disc/belt sander, nevertheless it might be any measurement. The physique consists
of three three/four″ MDF items laminated collectively. After gluing,
flatten the faces by rubbing the clean on sheets of sandpaper
taped to the highest of a tablesaw. Around the ends by making 45°
cuts on each ends of the clean, then soften the sharp corners
with a file. Reduce off the brief finish and make opposing wedges to
pull the belt tight.


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