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Sharpening Fundamentals with Bob Van Dyke

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When you’re not capable of get your hand instruments sharp, you’re not going to have a lot success (or enjoyable) with them. Early in my woodworking journey, I assumed that everybody was too obsessive about sharpening. This coincided with my perception that everybody was simply exaggerating about their success with hand instruments. It seems hand instruments are superior, however provided that they’re sharp.

Over a decade in the past, we made a video series on sharpening with Bob Van Dyke. It’s a bit dated trying, however the info is nice and saved popping up on my radar. After I mentioned the collection with Bob, he talked about that the knowledge continues to be legitimate, however so much has occurred since 2008 and he’d wish to replace it.

We did simply that, deciding to essentially deal with the basics. On this video workshop, Bob covers the fundamentals of the entire standard sharpening mediums, bevel angles, micro-bevels, hole grinding, and his private strategies for sharpening chisels, handplanes, and carving gouges.

—Ben Strano

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Movies within the Sequence

  • October 25, 2021

    From oil stones to sandpaper techniques, Bob Van Dyke offers an outline of lots of the sharpening techniques standard in the present day—together with the professionals and cons of every.

  • October 25, 2021

    With out actually flat stones, you will by no means be capable of get actually sharp. On this video, Bob Van Dyke demonstrates this sharpening basic.

  • October 25, 2021

    You will by no means expertise the upside of a super-sharp blade should you do not put within the time on the bottom.

  • October 25, 2021

    What is the distinction between between flat grinds and hole grinds? Why does everybody sharpen bevels at 30º. What’s a micro-bevel? Bob solutions all of it.

  • October 25, 2021

    Bob Van Dyke offers an outline of varied honing guides, and demonstrates why he makes use of one when sharpening his aircraft irons and chisels.

  • October 25, 2021

    Bob Van Dyke heads to the grinder to exhibit how he provides a hole grind to his blades and the way he retains from burning the blade within the course of.

  • October 25, 2021

    Bob Van Dyke sharpens his aircraft blades with a delicate camber on the perimeters of the blade, permitting him extra management along with his handplanes.

  • October 25, 2021

    Bob Van Dyke demonstrates how he sharpens his aircraft blades and will get again to work with out skipping a beat.

  • October 25, 2021

    Bob demonstrates a cool device that helps him get curved blades sharp with out a lot fuss.

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