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Woodworker's Guide to Sharpening


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John English is a contributing editor of Woodcraft Magazine and a former editor of Today's Woodworker. His work has appeared in numerous woodworking magazines, including American How-To, Fine Woodworking, and Woodshop News, and his syndicated how-to and home repair columns have appeared in newspapers across the United States. He is the author of The Building Buddy, Toys & Accessories, Woodworking Essentials, and Workshop Projects. He lives in Casper, Wyoming.


"Takes the guesswork out of sharpening." --"Woodshop News"
John English says the "right" way to sharpen woodworking tools is the way that "works best for you." In Woodworker's Guide to Sharpening, English goes into detailed descriptions of many sharpening methods including water stones and oil stones, diamond and ceramic sharpeners, sandpaper and leather, as well as sharpening machines. He goes on to describe several sharpening stations used by various woodworkers including James Krenov, Norm Abram, and Sam Maloof. The book also covers sharpening safety and the characteristics of steel.
Woodworker's Guide to Sharpening, by John English, takes the guesswork out of sharpening. Readers will learn every method of sharpening, so he or she can choose the technique that best fits their style. To create practical and creative ideas for designing their own sharpening station, readers are treated to an inside look a the setups of some of America's top professional woodworkers. Readers will learn sharpening safety, the characteristics of steel, the difference between stones: bench, water and oilstones, diamond and ceramic sharpeners, the ins and outs of sandpaper, sharpening angles, bevels and jigs and about sharpening machines. English has been a cabinetmaker and furniture builder since the early 1980's.

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