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Sharpening Tools

Working with sharp tools makes each job so much easier, that I will say, working with blunt tools makes a good job impossible.
The sharpening of most tools will only take a lesser amount of time than trying to finish a job quickly with blunt tools, not forgetting that the quality and satisfaction from a job well done is much greater.
Because differing tools require a different approach to sharpening I haven divided this section in the following chapters;


Scrape irons

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Scrape irons are easily sharpened, but an understanding is necessary to catch that else elusive burr.
It is the object to create a smooth, sharp burr on the edge of your cabinet scraper.
the smoothness is required to give the burr not only strength but also to leave behind a surface that is smooth to improve the luster of the timber.
Just having a large burr doesn't make the scraper work so it has to be sharp and sharp at the right spot on the right angle.
This is what I create that makes others try to pinch my scrapers.

As you can see this is a real sharp edge.
To acquire such an edge is not difficult but one has use the following four steps.

  • Filing the edges.
    The edge needs to be filed in the length of the scraper at and angle of about 78°, thus 12° off of being square.
    Using ones finger as a guide, under the file, so that the file moves in the length of the scraper, this prevents the grooves created by filing to escape out of the side of the scraper, which would weaken the b