Instructor - Alan Turner
May 12, 2018 9 am - 4 pm
Every woodworker will acknowledge that sharp tools are absolutely essential to safe and effective woodworking. However, many have difficulty setting up an efficient sharpening station. In this one day workshop, each student will build his own “Ultimate Sharpening Rig”, featured in a recent American Woodworker Magazine article by Mario Rodriguez. Easily stored and readily accessible, this compact sharpening station can handle any tool from plane irons and chisels to turning tools and carving gouges; this rig can handle it all.
With the grinder rig in your shop, sharpening will become an integral part of your woodworking instead of a dreaded chore to avoid.
Cost includes all materials. Students provide their own lunch. Grinders not included.
Continue scrolling down for Tool List. Note that you’ll need to bring your grinder to the class.
Participants will build the Ultimate Grinder Rig and to do so requires that each student bring their own grinder. Here is a Delta 6" grinder from Lowes that we have had success with and is well priced. However, any decent grinder will do. You need to have the grinder at the class so that actual measurements can be obtained, and so that the grinder can be correctly mounted on the rig. Both the footprint of the grinder, the height of the arbor, and the shape and position of the base, guards and wheels are critical. In general, this is not a handtool intensive course. The usual handtool kit will be fine, to consist of measuring and marking tools, a block plane, chisels, and the like. Here are some handtools we generally recommend. The vendors, brands and models listed below are merely suggestions based upon the experience of PFW but by no means are the only high quality tools or vendors.
PFW has a wide assortment of tools for students to use. However, if you have your own tools or would like an excuse to purchase some new ones, the tool list is below. PFW recommends purchasing tools from Tools for Working Wood, Lee Valley/Veritas, Hida Tool and Hock Tools
- Marking knife - Two Cherries No. 63, Baishinshi or Hock #MK075 Spear point
- Marking gauge - Tite-Mark 7” long marking gauge, or Lee Valley Micro Adjust
- Sliding T-bevel - Starrett or Shinwa
- 12" or 6" Combination square - Starrett
- Bench chisels (smaller 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 1” sizes are the most helpful). Ashley Iles or Fujihiro handmade Japanese chisels
- Hammer - 10 to 13 oz
- Block plane - Lie Nielsen #102 or low angle Lie Nielsen #60 1/2
- Pencil, notebook, safety glasses and hearing protection
For using the grinder rig, we recommend the Lee Valley / Veritas Grinding Jig, available are at PFW.