The beauty of a project in woodworking depends mainly on how well it is done. Excellent workmanship also depends to a great extent on sharp tools. Dull tools are more dangerous and will not give the best results making you wasting time also other than not helping you with archiving a perfect item. Dull tools which very often slip also need more attention and applied force A good woodworker must have the ability to sharpen tools properly.
Using sharp tools saves more time and effort in the execution of the work and you will be able to archive a better product result.
Below you can find listed the most commonly used tools for sharpening.
- Grinder : for removing the nicks and straightening the edges
- Oilstone : the use of oil Oilstone plays an important role in sharpening the blades of the edge-cutting tools making the machine more efficient and smooth. Use enough oil when sharpening edge-cutting tools to allow steel particles to slide easily and not plug the pores of the stone. Make sure you don't use water because the steel particles will accumulate on the surface of the oilstone.
- Whetstone : for whetting or honing with the help of water
- Tri-square: it is used for testing the squares of the blade
- Smooth block of hardwood : for honing and removing burr edges