Has anyone ever used anything like this to sharpen your jointer or planer
knives? Or has anyone ever dealt with these people? What does the majority
do when your knives become dull? 30 bucks a set, versus 10 for one of these
Love my Makita water stone. I have two sets of blades, remove, the
offenders, ditto the jointer or planer, whichever is not offending, and have
an hour at the wheel. Usually do the plane irons then, too. This works
less like the stone than a "steel" for carving knives.
My father, who hates gimmicky "tools", got one as a gift a couple years
ago. He was just telling me the other day that it actually works
really well. He manages to hone the dulled edge on his knives three of
four times before finally having to take them out of the jointer and
get them sharpened. You can't keep sharpening forever with one of
these things, but it really adds a lot of life to the knives as long as
they're not too dull or notched up. He said it's really nice not to
have to take them out of the machine, since re-aligning them is
somewhat of a pain. I'm definitely thinking about getting one myself.
Tim Taylor wrote:
The secret is to remember it's a hone, not a sharpener.
If you use the hone early and often, the hone will work great. Once the
knives head toward dullsville, a hone isn't aggressive enough to do much
good, and a real sharpening is required.
It's kind of like touching up the bench chisels on 4000 and/or 8000 grit
stones during use.
Ok, gotcha! It's just for honing. I guess if I would have read a little
harder I would have figured that out my self. So it wouldn't do a couple
sets I got any good, cause they past dullsville about 300 miles back up the
road! Thanks guys. Guess it's off to get another new set until I can find
somebody around here that would do such a small job. That's 4 answers I got
when calling some places to see if they could sharpen them. "That's not
enough to warrant us even doing a job like that" or "just three sets of
blades? It would cost you more for us to sharpen them than it would for you
to buy a new set". Just answers like that.
My blades come back from sharpening trips much sharper than new blades.
This is precisely why I resharpen my 8" and 12" blades, as well as the
6" blades from my old jointer.
In my area, all of the local tool stores, like Woodcraft, Coastal.
etc... will send my blades out for sharpening, even if it's ONE blade.
You could also deal by mail with places like this:
Sharpening shops often work in batches, you're simply calling the wrong
places. Ask your local tool dealers.
Mine does, but remember that Woodcraft stores are franchises. Most
of the time, tool stores send sharpening out with an "in this Tuesday,
back next Tuesday" type of deal.
If they don't do it, ask the manager for local recommendations.
SOMEONE will sharpen your blades! <G>
I sent my Delta Thickness planer blades out for sharpening and when
they came back they did not want to feed the stock through the planer.
I talked to the tech center and they said the blades were not to be
resharpened. I replaced the feed roller and that did not help until I
replaced the blade with a new blade and then it would feed the stock
through the planer. I guess the honeing may help but grinding did not
Well, I was kinda, sorta wondering that myself. I know on one set I used, I
abused the crap out them. I was just planing down some old painted stair
treads, but about half way through it got hard for it to feed. By the time I
was done, I just about had to tie a rope on the ends and pull them through
with my truck. I know, that aint good on the equipment, but I had to do it.
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