TOOL SHARPENING

PLANE irons, chisels and gouges require occasional grinding and frequent sharpening. Grinding is done on a circular grindstone or emery wheel, with water as lubricant and cooling agent, to produce a uniform bevel of about 25 degrees. The stone or wheel should turn towards the edge of the tool, both to keep it flooded with … Read more

SHARPENING AND ADJUSTING

SHARPENING is done on a very fine- grained stone, first wiped quite clean and given a few drops of thin oil. The strokes should be short, until skill is attained, and care be taken not to alter the angle between cutter and stone, and thereby produce a rounded, instead of a flat, bevel. Adjusting the … Read more

Hardening, Sharpening And Tempering Tools

Cutting tools used in wood and metalwork are generally made from medium to high carbon steel (cast steel), which is hardened and tempered’during manufacture of the tools. Mild steel, which contains very little carbon, cannot be hardened and is not used for tools. The purpose of hardening is to enable the tool to resist wear … Read more