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  • Wicked Sharp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 6, 2014
    Wicked Sharp For the ultimate edge, use a leather strop. By Alan Turner I have a special set of chisels that I only use for paring. To do a good job, they have to be wicked sharp— and stay that way. My secret weapon isn’t a fabulously expensive...
  • Foolproof Scraper Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    Foolproof Scraper Sharpening Make shavings like a pro with our new sharpening method. By Tom Caspar Scraping is quiet and efficient. It’s perfect for removing milling marks and shallow tear-out. I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I...
  • AW Extra 11/28/13 - Bowl Gouge Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, November 22, 2013
    Bowl Gouge Sharpening Do it by hand, just like you turn. By Alan Lacer How do you make a velvety smooth bowl with evenly thick walls and crisp details? Well, it’s not done by sanding the heck out of it. The secret is to use a bowl gouge that is...
  • Sharpening Gouges

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 28, 2012
    Sharpening Gouges By Alan Lacer Perhaps no other aspect of lathe work is a bigger stumbling block to new turners than the process of shaping and sharpening the tools. Even new tools often require reshaping and tuning to make them truly serviceable. A...
  • Power Sharpening System

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    Power Sharpening System By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . I’m crazy about sharp hand tools. When edges are perfect, these tools sing in your hands. When they’re dull, you...
  • Foolproof Scraper Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 18, 2011
    Foolproof Scraper Sharpening Make Shavings Like a Pro With Our New Sharpening Method By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I saw John Erickson...
  • AW Extra 6/28/12 - 12 Tips for Better Sharpening

    by Tom Caspar     Friday, February 20, 2009
    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...
  • AW Extra 10/4/12 - Waterstones

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Waterstones Hone an incredibly sharp edge with a $35 combo stone. By Tom Caspar For this woodworker, it doesn’t get any better than using a sharp hand tool. Not just kind of sharp, the way new tools come out of the box. I mean really, really sharp...