The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers

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Popular Woodworking Books, Jan 14, 2010 - Crafts & Hobbies - 224 pages
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Sharp Tools Work Better!

If you've never experienced the pleasure of using a really sharp tool, you're missing one of the real pleasures of woodworking. In The Perfect Edge, the mystery of the elusive sharp edge is solved by long-time sharpening expert and tool maker Ron Hock. You'll soon find how easy and safe hand tools are to use.

This book covers all the different sharpening methods so you can either improve your sharpening techniques using your existing set-up, or determine which one will best suit you needs and budget. Ron shows you the tricks and offers expert advice to sharpen all your woodworking tools, plus a few around-the-house tools that also deserve a perfect edge.

 

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User Review  - pianomama - LibraryThing

A Fantastic introduction into metals an tools. Ron Hock is a renowned blade maker. He shares his experience in metallurgy. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
6
1 Why Sharpen?
8
2 What is Steel?
12
3 Abrasives
42
4 How Wood is Cut
58
5 The Fundamentals
66
6 Plane Irons
98
7 Chisels
124
11 Turning Tools
164
12 Axes and Adzes
175
13 Knives
179
14 Drill Bits
198
15 Power Tools
207
Microscopic Photos
213
Resources
220
Suppliers
222

8 Scrapers
132
9 Handsaws
140
10 Carving Tools
153

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About the author (2010)

Ron Hock is the owner of Hock Tools, a 25-year old cottage industry that makes acknowledged superior blades for planes and other woodworking tools. Since making his first planes, he has spent 25 years learning about tool steel metallurgy, cutting edge geometry, hand woodworking tools and sharpening. His interest and expertise regarding sharp edges comes from a blade-maker's perspective; he has given countless lectures about steel, tools, and heat treatment.

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