I’m still surprised to see how little it takes  to keep things sharp and uncomplicated. I have always fought against complication in everything I write about and work on and work with. One thing is very very clear to me. Sharpening has been made complicated  all the more by a mass of choices. The issue is…

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There is always the challenge of changing someone’s made up mind once the mind is indeed made up or someone has already perhaps invested time and money into something or, even more, taken offence. It’s natural to defend a stance we already agree with, after all. We all do it to some greater or less…

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…Hollows, Blind Curves and Pits After the recent posts on sharpening, the first one really, I received comments and emails from people stating that the reason the stones were concave was because they were used for knife sharpening and not sharpening planes and chisels and such. That’s occasionally the case but the ones I am…

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Every newcomer to woodworking soon begins to see that there are tools used for working the wood and then there are tools and related pieces of equipment for working the cutting edges of the tools themselves. This equipment makes them cut the wood to greater and lesser degrees of effectiveness. Whereas it’s all to easy…

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Paul,  I am watching your hand plane videos and as you are planing the end grain you make the comment “make sure your plane is sharp”… “don’t neglect the sharpening of your plane”. You are not the first teacher I have heard say this and I think every woodworker understands that we need sharp tools…

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Another question on diamond plates and plate holders. Hi Paul, Please excuse me for asking but having just reviewed your blogs on ‘cheap tools’ to purchase I didn’t see any reference being made to the diamond sharpening plates I’ve seen you use in your U Tube videos. Could you point me in the right direction…

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Question: Hi Paul, I bought your book recently, having never done woodworking before, and have very quickly gotten very confused about the act of sharpening. First of all, I figured that diamond stones would surely be pricier than oil or wet stones, but unless I’m looking in all the wrong places, they appear to be…

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Dear Mr. Sellers I am about to work my way through your course, I want to start with sharpening. I recently discovered that my new chisels, although of good quality, needed to be lapped. I turned to my Norton water stones, only to discovered that they needed to be flattened. I then turned to my…

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Q Hi Paul I had a question on sharping for you. I want to buy diamond stones and know you recommend them over Japanese water stones but which ones do I buy? There are several out there to choose from, DMT, EZE Lap? And what about grits too? JL A Firstly, I find little if…

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Hi Paul, I’ve been working my way through your book and have been enjoying it immensely. In regards to your diamond stones, is there any “pre” conditioning that needs to be done before using them? I’ve read other reviews that stated they “rubbed” down the rough diamonds before using them on their tools. I figured you’d be a reliable source, since I’m…

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