The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers

The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers

Ron Hock

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1440329958

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Sharp tools work better!

If you've never experienced the pleasure of using a really sharp tool, you're missing one of the real pleasures of woodworking. In The Perfect Edge, the mystery of the elusive sharp edge is solved by the long-time sharpening expert and tool maker Ron Hock. You'll soon find how easy and safe hand tools are to use.

This book covers all the different sharpening methods so you can either improve your sharpening techniques using your existing set-up, or determine which one will best suit your needs and budget. Ron shows you the tricks and offers expert advice to sharpen all your woodworking tools, plus a few around-the-house tools that also deserve a perfect edge.

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