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  • AW Extra 12/12/13 - Reshaping the Skew Chisel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    Reshaping the Skew Chisel An alternate shape minimizes dig-ins. By Alan Lacer Years ago, an old professional spindle turner showed me a different way to sharpen a skew. When I tried it, I was sold. This modified grind is more versatile, friendlier and...
  • 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...