Sharpening Chisels and Plane Blades

Woodworking

Sharpening Chisels and Plane Blades

Learn the most important skill in hand woodworking: how to achieve a truly sharp edge on chisels and plane blades.

Meeting Times
  1. Sun, 4/21/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Sun, 4/28/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sun, 4/21/2024 - Sun, 4/28/2024

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Type:
Class, Has Prerequisite

Location:
Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

Interests:
General Woodworking, Hand Woodworking

About

Every book on woodworking stresses the importance of having sharp tools, but what does that really mean? This class will show you.

  • Learn the importance of having a flat back on blades and how to achieve it and maintain it. This is the foundation for all sharpening of blades, whether they are Western or Japanese.
  • Learn to sharpen the bevel of your chisels and plane blades with honing guides and by hand. Learning what a truly sharp edge is.
  • Finally, learn what is happening when your tool gets a dull edge and how to bring it back to its peak performance.

Materials

Bring one or two chisels or hand planes, if you have them.

Prerequisites

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.

  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid dangling clothing or jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Paul Kury

Paul Kury studied woodworking at Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking in Dandridge, Tenn., and has been an active woodworker for more than 40 years. His preference is 18th-century furniture. Paul also volunteers as a woodworking safety monitor at BARN.

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