Articles by: Mac-Proffitt

Sharpening With Power

Sharpening With Power

Use inexpensive power tools to get a sharp edge fast By Mac Proffitt  The goal in power sharpening is the same as hand sharpening—a sharp tool. But many people find power sharpening quicker and easier. Safety When you sharpen tools with power, you generate heat, sparks, and noise. Always wear […]

by April 10, 2012 Techniques
5. Polish the edges. Use a leather strop charged with abrasive. Hold the gouge against the strop with your index finger opposite the bevel. Roll the gouge from side to side with a firm even stroke. Attach a piece of leather to a dowel to polish the inside of larger gouges. Use a leather shoe string charged with abrasive to polish the inside of small gouges and veiners.

Sharpening a Gouge

Simple techniques produce a sharp cutting edge By Mac Proffitt It is possible to sharpen gouges with a flat stone, but I prefer to use a conical slip stone or gouge stone. Regardless of the stone you use, the goal is the same: to produce a wire edge on the […]

by November 15, 2010 Techniques
Sharpening a Carving Knife

Sharpening a Carving Knife

Quick and easy steps keep your knife ready to carve By Mac Proffitt A sharp carving tool is the first requirement for successful and happy carving. A dull tool will not produce clean cuts and creates a greater risk of injury. Fortunately, there is a simple method to sharpen your […]

by February 24, 2010 Shop Tips