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Sharpening Fundamentals with Bob Van Dyke


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If you happen to’re not in a position to get your hand instruments sharp, you’re not going to have a lot success (or enjoyable) with them. Early in my woodworking journey, I believed 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 collection on sharpening with Bob Van Dyke. It’s a bit dated trying, however the info is nice and stored popping up on my radar. Once I mentioned the collection with Bob, he talked about that the data continues to be legitimate, however quite a bit has occurred since 2008 and he’d prefer to replace it.

We did simply that, deciding to actually concentrate on the basics. On this video workshop, Bob covers the fundamentals of the entire common 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 Collection

  • October 25, 2021

    From oil stones to sandpaper techniques, Bob Van Dyke offers an summary of most of the sharpening techniques common at the moment—together with the professionals and cons of every.

  • October 25, 2021

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

  • October 25, 2021

    You will by no means expertise the upside of a super-sharp blade for those who 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 summary of assorted honing guides, and demonstrates why he makes use of one when sharpening his airplane irons and chisels.

  • October 25, 2021

    Bob Van Dyke heads to the grinder to reveal 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 airplane blades with a refined camber on the perimeters of the blade, permitting him extra management together with his handplanes.

  • October 25, 2021

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

  • October 25, 2021

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



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