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Sept. 9 at Our Storefront: ‘Sharpenday’

Next Saturday, Sept. 9, is our regularly scheduled open day for Lost Art Press. We’ll have our complete line of books plus a good number of slightly damaged books at 50 percent of retail (cash only). And T-shirts. Coffee. Stickers. … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 10: Oh, Stewardess! I Speak Jive

Some days I wish there were a Google Translate filter for woodworking forums and podcasts. It would allow people to understand what is really being said. Below are some actual quotes I’ve heard through the years and my rough translation … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 9: Guided by Voices

Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. When it comes to the topic of honing guides, I’d sooner have a double colonoscopy than discuss them. But here goes. Honing guides are jigs. They hold a … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 8: Polish & Get Back to Work

Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. One of the misguided mantras in sharpening is this: Polish the edge until you remove all the scratches left from the previous grit. Then move to the next … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 7: The Burr in the Saddle

Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. The burr – how to make it and how to remove it – confuses many beginners. Many underestimate its importance. Others disagree on how to remove it. First, … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 6: The Bevel & the Devil

“Der Narzissmus der kleinen Differenzen (The narcissism of small differences).” — Sigmund Freud, 1917 The topic of sharpening is plagued by Freud’s “narcissism of small differences,” and the best example of this is all the noise about the shape and … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 5: The Myth of Super Sharpness

Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. Let’s pretend I want to break one of your fingers. The job would be easy if you held up your fingers in the air with them spread apart. … Continue reading

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