May 16, 2013
As a preservation carpenter, I often have to sharpen my chisels and plane irons when I’m on a job site. In making holders for some new stones recently, I accidentally…
March 5, 2008
Learn how to use a belt sander, a diamond stone, and stropping compound to revive a dull or chipped chisel.
Grind out deep nicks with a belt sander, use a diamond stone to create a sharp edge, then finish with stropping compound
May 1, 2003
Keeping chisels and other edge tools sharp is a habit that I insist all our crew members develop, and I’ve found it to be a valuable lesson for new members…
September 1, 2001
The right tools and a few easily made jigs will give you an edge on your chisels, your planes and your competition
May 1, 1998
The next time you're remodeling an old house and have to tear out the knob-and-tube wiring, save the porcelain insulators. They make great knife sharpeners.Steve A. Morris, Lynchburg, VA
November 1, 1994
Q: We have about a hundred dull circular-saw blades—some carbide, some steel. I’d like to sharpen these blades myself, but I’m not sure exactly how to go about it. What method…
September 1, 1994
Carpet or drywall work is tough on utility-knife blades. Rather than go to the trouble and expense of replacing the knife blades, I touch them up with a couple of…
March 1, 1993
Tin snips get dull, just like every other edge tool in the builder's toolbox. But the right way to sharpen them isn't widely known. The drawings above right show how…
May 1, 1989
In John Lively's excellent treatise on grinding and honing edge tools (see On the Edge), he argues for more skill and fewer gadgets. Lively mentions using wet-dry sandpaper for honing,…
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