In this guide, Paul shows you how to make a sharpening stones holder which can be clamped in the vise for ease of use.

For this, you will need:

PlywoodHolder: Paul uses 11 ½” (292mm) x 9 ½” (241mm) x ⅞” (22mm) but thicker or thinner works fine, but not less than ½” (13mm)Vise Block: […]

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Note: Be careful when sharpening as the tools will become very sharp, always face the blade away from you when sharpening.
This guide will show you the process of how to sharpen a chisel using diamond stones and the process of how to sharpen a chisel using abrasive paper. Paul recommends diamond stones, however if […]

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[…] means you will have to spend longer on the fine grit to complete the honing and you won’t be able to permanently fix them into a holder.
When sharpening your tools, Paul recommends using auto glass cleaner to lubricate the stones, he prefers this over water as it doesn’t promote rust. One spray on each […]

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[…] you can use a honing guide to help you get started and until you get a feel for the angle and presentation of the tool to the sharpening surface.
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Note: Be careful when sharpening as the tools will become very sharp, always face the blade away from you when sharpening.
Setting Up
If your spokeshave is secondhand, check the angle of the bevelled edge using a protractor. The bevel should be no more than 30°.

To set the cutting iron depth, use the two adjusters one […]

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Note: This is the sharpening process of an out-cannel gouge.
Paul recommends 2 methods to sharpen an out-cannel gouge which can both be done on diamond plates or abrasive paper. You will also need a curved strop, which you can make yourself, to polish at the end of the sharpening process, for this you will […]

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[…] are durable and long lasting but will hollow over long term use which means the surface won’t be flat and may therefore be unsuitable for aspects of sharpening such as abrading the flat sides of tool blades. Before use you must flood the oilstone with light machine oil before sharpening, this will stop the […]

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[…] flattened and polished before use (Paul sometimes refers to this process as initialising). This process will usually only need to be done once (as long as future sharpening is consistent) and may not even need much work if it has been purchased brand new. Place the cutting iron into the body of the router […]

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Paul doesn’t consider these an essential tool, however he understands that some beginners may not feel comfortable starting with freehand sharpening. The honing guide is useful if you want to achieve an exact angle, however there is a bit of leeway when sharpening as chisels can be sharpened anywhere between 25-35° and plane blades […]

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