Jool Tool - a tale and my review

I've had the Jool Tool for over a year. Did three pages on it but apparently never put them up on my WWing site. So now I have - and here's the url
http://web.hypersurf.com/~charlie2/Sharpening/JoolTool/JoolTool1.html
I recently picked up a WorkSharp sharpening system - another impulse buy - but haven't used it enough to be able to review it from a users perspective. I mention the WorkSharp because one of it's functions uses the Jool Tool "see through, sharpen from underneath" idea. Will post the url here when it's all done and up.
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I've had the Jool Tool for over a year. Did three pages on it but apparently never put them up on my WWing site. So now I have - and here's the url
http://web.hypersurf.com/~charlie2/Sharpening/JoolTool/JoolTool1.html
I recently picked up a WorkSharp sharpening system - another impulse buy - but haven't used it enough to be able to review it from a users perspective. I mention the WorkSharp because one of it's functions uses the Jool Tool "see through, sharpen from underneath" idea. Will post the url here when it's all done and up.
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"charlieb" wrote

I read the review/advertisement on the WorkSharp in Popular Woodworking and it looked like something I would find handy. I hate sanding/finishing, but dislike the mess and much of sharpening more, would almost rather buy a new chisel than sharpen one and have to force myself to do it.
Let us know what you think ...and thanks for the effort.
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You can buy a few chisels for the price of that sucker..
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"mac davis" wrote

Agreed ... but much cheaper than a Tormek, and if is as easy as they say....
Besides, I don't need to spring for a DOMINO. :)
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mac davis wrote:

Yup - but you still need to hone them - and eventually they do get dull, assuming you use them. I've got three sets of bench chisels - a mixed set of Buck and Olympics, a set of Blue Marples and a set of Two Cherries. Also have a set of Sorby (I think they're Sorby) butt chisels (the short stubby chisels that are great for dovetails - handles close to where you're cutting instead of a foot away.
Turning has made me very aware of why you sharpen when the tool gets dull - it's easier on me and the results are better. You can beat a little harder or press a bit harder - but at a cost. Being able to quickly and easily restore and edge gets around the "I don't want to stop now, get out the sharpening stuff and maybe a jig, and get it all set up for sharpening - one chisel. If it's fast, easy and produces good results I'm far more apt to stop and sharpen rather than "lean into" the cutting tool to get things done.
Sharpening is one of the many "basic fundamentals" (I love that redundancy) woodworkers eventually get around to learning to do - well. And like the others woodworking gets a lot easier once you learn them.
It's really ironic how a real woodworking bench that is made for you and your types of woodworking makes so many tasks a whole lot quicker and easier. But to make a bench you need a fair amount of those "basic fundamentals". It would have been SO much easier to make Das Bench if I already had Das Bench to build it on.
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I'm cheap, Charlie... Or, am I a cheap Charlie? wow.. flashback!
I bought this and love it...
http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=sharp-trugrin
It doesn't hone, but I get an edge far better than ever before and it's consistent to the last sharpening.. I hate having to get used to a "new" profile every 10 or 20 minutes.. ;-]
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