My dad was good at a lot of things, but unfortunately, sharpening tools was NOT one of them.
Later in life I learned on my own that a bench grinder was not the ideal way to sharpen a wood chisel.
I'll never forget the first time I finally figured it out - sharpening one of his old hand planes. I did have to grind it first to get the angle right after so many bad attempts by him - then honed it - stropped it - and actually got it so I could easily shave hairs off my arm with it.
I never realized you could get a tool that sharp without "fancy equipment" (as my dad always told me we'd need). I always thought shaving hair on your arm was some kind of exageration.
Just wish I had figured it out while he was alive. It's really simple once you "get it", but he just never learned how to do it right.
He always appreciated a sharp tool, but for him, that meant buying a new one, and that's as good as it would ever be.
I've learned that the difference between a plane or a chisel sharpened properly with care, and one that's "close enough" is hard to even put into words.
He really would have loved using a truly sharp plane. Wish I figured it out earlier - he was always so frustrated by dull tools.
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