On Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:46:11 AM UTC-4, trader_4 wrote:
I used my wife's vegetable peeler to shape a piece of HDPE I needed for a project. You can't sand that stuff, it just fuzzes.
Then I tried to sharpen it before I sneaked it back in the silverware drawer.
Did not succeed. Maybe with a tiny file and a lot of patience? It's hard to get the right angle on it.
It is not good to sharpen anything on a dry wheel bench grinder. Items
should only be sharpened on a wet wheel. Without the water the metal will
heat up. Then the item being sharpened will lose its temper. Without the
original temper it will not stay sharp for long.
Here is a fellow using a wet wheel:
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
On Monday, July 7, 2014 2:58:38 AM UTC-7, Angel Rodriguez wrote:
1. If they are concerned about the cost of a peeler, anyone who pays $20 for a simple peeler is nuts
2. The chainsaw chain needs to be sharpened often. 10 minutes and a realatively cheap file saves bunches of money over the life of he chain. A peeler? Maybe once in a lifetime and then it is easier and faster to buy a new one.
I worked in tool and die shops while putting myself through college.
We sharpened them a few times a day, and did it all by eye,
regulating the angles and pressure on the fly.
As in the video, we used the tool rest as we angled the bit.
We didn't go horizontally across the wheel edge, but up and down,
up and down, up and down, lighter and heavier, lighter and heavier,
lighter and heavier, twisting the bit slightly back & forth.
Unlike that video, we didn't measure anything formally.
It was all by eye. Plus, we did all the steps together, in a single
3D up and down twisting motion, for each side in turn.
Never did we grind flat & static like he did.
It was the late 60's before I started shaving. I tried several blades and
the Wilkinson worked the best for me. I hated it when they seemed to
dissapear and those modern double and tripple and more blade things
On Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:00:12 -0700, Harry K wrote:
Let's be clear that the whole point is simply to maintain
our tools, period. So, for the same reason we sharpen a
knife, we'd want to sharpen a kitchen peeler.
The fact the sharp peeler on the right costs $20 while
the dull peeler on the left costs $5 isn't the point.
The point is HOW to sharpen the peeler.
I get your argument, but mine is that it must be even
easier to sharpen a single-angle kitchen peeler than it
is to sharpen 75 or so angled blades on a chain, so, I
would have thought everyone does it (just as everyone
sharpens their own knives).
The fact that I didn't know how seems to be universal, as
neither does anyone else (since they don't bother).
OK. I got the point. I will try on my own then.
Since I bought the $20 peeler to replace the dull $5 peeler,
I can afford to make mistakes while learning how to
sharpen it on my own.
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