the disadvantage of this is that the only thing keeping the grind
consistent is stroke count and your subjective "feel" of how hard
you're leaning into it. if you're careful you can do OK, but after a
short few times you'd better pull the blades, sharpen properly and
I took a look at the 54A manual that's on-line at Powermatic's web site
and it states:
1. Disconnect the machine from the power
2. Remove the blade guard and belt cover.
3. To protect the infeed table from scratches,
partially cover the sharpening stone with
paper (Figure 47).
4. Lay the stone on the infeed table.
5. Lower the infeed table and turn the
cutterhead by turning the cutterhead pulley.
The infeed table height is set properly when
the stone's surface is flush with the knife
6. Keep the cutterhead from rotating by
grasping the cutterhead pulley while sliding <-------
the stone back and forth across the table.
7. Take the same amount of passes for all
Nowhere that I can find does it mention honing the blades with the
The manual can be found at:
THEY CHANGED THE INSTRUCTIONS!! I'VE GOT THE MANUAL IN FRONT OF ME AND
IT STATES ON PAGE 14, STEP NUMBER 4, TURN THE MACHINE ON.
there is a picture showing a block of wood held by a clamp.
Nice try, and thanks for playing
i can scan the entire page and put it on the binaries if you'd like!
Dude lose the caps
BTW my 54A instructions had the same stoning recommendation I decided it
was not a proceedure for me. I have resharpened my blades once and reset
with a dial indicator to bout 1-2 thou. The faced and jointed results are
excellant. Results rule
Dave, they method you describe is what we did at a tech college in the
1960-1970s era. There was a specific jig to hold the stone although I
have seen it done just holding the stone freehand on the outfeed table.
There are safety concerns in doing this, for us it was done at least
weekly by the same person.
The new instruction mentioned in other posts suggest that somebody had
a nasty accident.
Dave, my 54A's manual says the same thing. It's scary, no? Plus you've
got to be sure your stone is flat.If you're diligent about knife
setting, the "honing" isn't necessary. Besides, it scratches up the
outfeed table. You wouldn't live in the Bay Area by any chance, would
the first time I tried it, I had sweaty palms! :)
The second time I honed, I was more calm about the whole thing.
Yeah, San Jose. (The land of way overpriced lumber)
I wanted to ask DMT if their stones were up for this sort of thing, but
they never got back to me. I'd expect that wouldn't be a good idea (for
the DMT stone, that is).
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