Learning to sharpen your hand tools and keep them sharp are useful skills to have and ones we recommend you learn early on. A well-sharpened tool not only saves you lots of time but guarantees cleaner results and more control of your tools.
In this episode, woodworker/boatbuilder Bill Thomas walks the viewer through the steps in the sharpening and use of edge tools, which includes common bench chisels and planes. There are two primary ways of sharpening the working edge of a chisel or plane iron. You can use a hollow grind with a polished lead edge or a primary and secondary bevel. The hollow grind is perhaps the most traditional method but, thanks to the increased availability of quality honing guides, the double bevel system is gaining in popularity. Bill will explain both ways of sharpening an edge tool but focus on teaching the primary secondary system. How to set up a sharpening station and the various stones needed to quickly bring up a fine working edge will also be presented.