Name Basswood
Location Eastern North America
Texture/Grain Fine/Closed
Specific Gravity 0.37
Hardness Very Soft
Strength Weak
T/R Stability 9.3/6.7%

 

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Chisels & Plane Irons

5. Sharpening
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6. Sharpening
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7. Sharpening
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8. Sharpening
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BOOKS:
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The Complete Guide to Sharpening, by Leonard Lee, Taunton Press, 1995

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How To Sharpen Every Blade in Your Woodshop, by Don Geary, Betterway Books, 1994

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Illustrated Guide to Sharpening,  by Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Taunton Press, 2004

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Sharpening, by Nick Engler, Rodale Press, 1994

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Woodworkers' Guide to Sharpening, by John English, Fox Chapel Publishing, 2008

Courses:

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Highland Woodworking, 1045 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306, www.highlandwoodworking.com

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Marc Adams School of Woodworking, 5504 E. 500 North, Franklin, Indiana 46131, www.marcadams.com

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Northwest Woodworking School, 1002 SE 8th Ave
Portland OR 97214, www.northwestwoodworking.com

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Port Townsend School of Woodworking, 200 Battery Way, Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA 98368, www.ptwoodschool.com

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Lee Valley Tools, 7261 11th Street S.E., Calgary, AB, www.leevalley.com

The schools and organizations listed above commonly have sharpening classes and demonstrations or offer classes that include sharpening.

VIDEOS & DVDs:

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Sharpening Planes & Chisels: A Sharp Edge in 60 Seconds, with Ian Kirby, DVD, 2008

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Sharpening Woodworking Tools, with Leonard Lee, DVD

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Sharpening Woodworking Tools Using Waterstones, with Joel Moskowitz, Norton, DVD

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Sharpening Woodturning Tools, with Mike Darlow, DVD

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Free Hand Sharpening of Chisels and Plane irons, YouTube

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Quick and Easy Tool Sharpening with Sandpaper, WoodVision, YouTube

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Sharpening a Bench Plane iron with Waterstones, YouTube

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Sharpening Chisels with Diamond Stones, Scott Phillips, YouTube.

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Sharpening a Scraper, Woodsmith, YouTube

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Links:

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How To Sharpen Dull Tools, by Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics

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Sharpening Notes, by Ron Hock, Woodsmith Magazine

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Sharpening Woodturning Chisels Part 1, by John Siegel, The Old Saw Magazine

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Sharpening Woodturning Chisels Part 2, by John Siegel, The Old Saw Magazine

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Sharpening, Honing and Polishing Gouges and Other Carving Tools, by Liutaio Mottola

If you know of a sharpening book, video, class, demonstration, or link that ought to be on this list, please contact us and let us know.

 

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Sharpening/Sharpening Resources, part of the Workshop Companion,
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By Nick Engler.

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