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Intro to Sharpening

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Learn techniques for sharpening edged tools such as chisels and plane irons for great performance!

In this class, you will learn about:
– How to tune up and sharpen your edged tool;
– How to sharpen for specific purposes;
– Sharpening safety;
– What “sharpness” is;
– Types of tool steel, advantages and disadvantages, and common woodworking tool applications;
– Types of sharpening methods and their advantages and
– Quick overview of powered grinders and electric sharpening methods;
– Shop aids to help you sharpen more effectively.

(We will NOT cover carving gouges or knives in this class.)

If available, students should bring the following. We will have some practice items available too.

– An edged tool that needs sharpening, but is otherwise in good condition (plane iron, bench chisel, spoke shave iron, drawknife)
– Your sharpening method (to include: oil, if oil stones; a stone pond/water basin of some sort, if water stones)
– A sharpening jig
– Sharpening stone holder(s)

You may bring more than one tool; if time allows, we will attempt to sharpen the additional tools. Please DO NOT bring heavily damaged tools (severely chipped/gouged, bent, heavy rust, deep pitting, etc.). If you’d like an additional class on edged tool rehabilitation and tune-up please let the instructor know.


– Sharpening Methods: water stones, diamond stones, ceramic stones, oil stones, sandpaper method
– Sharpening jigs
– Plane irons, chisels, spoke shave irons, draw knives
– Stone holders
– Angle checker
– 1 can light oil
– Bench hook
– Combination square
– Safety glasses


July 16
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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James Owen