Links, links and more links

My sharpening book, The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers, Popular Woodworking Books, ISBN 978-1558708587, 224 pages, over 400 photographs, charts, graphs, circles and arrows, etc., is due to be available in mid-December. The official release is in January but they’re teasing me (and you, I hope) with talk of an earlier date. I will have books available, signed if you wish, on the HOCK TOOLS website and you should be able to pick up a copy “wherever books are sold.” Try your local bookstore first.

The research for the book took me many places. Where it took me on the internet may be of interest to you as well. The topic of sharpening is impossible to contain in a mere 224 pages; the more I learned the more there was to learn. It’s a great, complicated (and sometimes controversial) topic, worthy of continued exploration and while I sincerely hope the book will more than satisfy your need to know, you may be compelled to explore further. In that spirit I offer the following links (in no particular order):

{Please note that I in no way endorse any of these links. I saved them during my research because they appeared informative and/or interesting but I didn’t use the information from any one of them unless I verified it elsewhere. I offer them now simply as a service to those of you who may want to pursue the various topics. Good luck; and don’t believe everything you read on the internet.}

Sharpening, Honing and Polishing Gouges and Other Carving Tools
A Guide to Honing and Sharpening Woodworking Tools
Abrasive grit sizes of belts, wheels and stones used in knifemaking, sharpening and woodworking
eG Forums -> Knife Maintenance and Sharpening
D2vs52100.jpg (JPEG Image, 600×366 pixels)
Technical Library
WoodCentral’s BP Archives: High angle smoothing plane comparison
Grain structure [SubsTech]
Molecular Expressions Microscopy Primer: Specialized Microscopy Techniques
Jordan: Ancient Metallurgy
aluminum —
Aluminum: Experience in Application | Lincoln Electric – Your Source for TORMEK Support and Service
Rust converters
A Woodworker’s Guide to Tool Steel and Heat Treating
Welcome to Vintage Saw’s Saw Filing Treatise
Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Supply Sharpening Page
Woodcarving, Sharpening Carving Tools, Carving Instruction
Carver’s Companion – New Carver Files
Making Digital Camera Microscope Adapters
Basic Carbide’s Grade Chart
Carbide Saw Blade Anatomy
Carbide Teeth | Glossary of saw tooth styles
Tungsten Carbide – An Overview
Iron and Steel
Chapter 5: The Age of Iron
Brent’s Sharpening Pages
Fahrenheit to Celsius Converter
Martensite and Martensitic Phase Transformations
Vol6_SteelToolMaking.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Diehl Steel – Low Carbon Steel
Classification of Carbon and Low-Alloy Steels
Metallic Glass: Material Of The Future?
Crystallography of Iron
Saw Sharpening
Sharpening Hand Saws | Norse Woodsmith
Forging Index
Griffith Institute: Carter Archives – p0870
Making a Bamboo Fly Rod
The art and science of sharpening. – Free Online Library
WoodCentral’s Article & Reviews
WoodCentral’s Articles of Interest
catalog.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Pacific Grinding Wheel – Document Library | Abrasives Training
Grinding Wheel Information
Knife Grinding and Woodworking Manual 5 — Excerpts Part 5
Grinding Wheels 101
Selection_Guide.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Abrasive Grains 101 | Characterization of Abrasives
SiO2 @
Benjamin-Mills > Chemistry > Sharnbrook
Hardness vs. Wear. An overview of material hardness and wear resistance.
Ceresist – Ceramic Materials – Hardness Comparison
Oregon® Frequently Asked Questions
Chainsaw Chains
JK Files & Tools – About Us : Highlights – Selection of Drills
The Poles Apart Stilt Company Website – Home/Clients/References
Old Philippine pics: log cutting with a chainsaw on Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Timberrrrr! on Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Popular Woodworking – Stop Rust Now
Abrasive Grains 101 | National and International Size Standards
HardnessTrends29IL.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Temperature_guide.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Brooklyn Vise Squad

Woodworking in America and the Gramercy Saw Vise

Linda and I just returned from the Woodworking in America Conference at Valley Forge. The Popular Woodworking Magazine gang did us all proud once again, putting on a well-planned, well-executed show. It’s always a treat to see old friends and make new ones.  As the greater Philadelphia area has an abundance of wonderful things we stayed a couple of extra days visiting as many of them as our tired feet would allow (I’ll try to post about the Mercer Museum and the Wanamaker Organ when I get the photos organized). Our thanks to everyone at PWW for such a great opportunity and to all of you who attended. We sincerely hope it was worth the effort. I know it was for us.

Across the marketplace aisle from the HOCK TOOLS booth were Joel and Tim from Tools for Working Wood and Gramercy Tools. In the interest of full disclosure I’ll say right up front that these two are friends of mine. I can say without reservation that Joel knows more about the history of woodworking and its tools than anyone I’ve met (except maybe Chris Schwarz). And Tim is a remarkably talented designer — both in the graphic and mechanical arts.

Happy in Valley Forge
Joel and Tim at WIA, Valley Forge

I have this hunch that the two of them were daydreaming one day about making saw vises. Joel says something like, “you know, like the Wentworth vise we like so much.” Tim heads for the computer and CADs one up. Next thing you know, a classic cast-iron saw vise has been re-imagined and re-created in heavy-gauge sheet metal that works the way a saw vise should and looks good doing it:

The Gramercy Saw Vise
The Gramercy Saw Vise

The cylindrical part has a spiral slot that, when rotated, bears against the vee-shaped arm. The vee-shaped arm levers out, closing the jaws with considerable mechanical advantage. A few degrees of twist applies plenty of muscular squeeze to hold the saw securely.

There are more details in Joel’s blog entries about the vise here: and here:

A bewildering variety of classic saw vises are available now and then on the used market, some better than others. New ones, not so much. It’s not a big job for a woodworker to make one, either. But if you’re looking to buy a quality saw vise, the Gramercy Saw Vise is a solid, well-designed, well-made, affordable vise that will hold up under the roughest use through several lifetimes and look good on the bench. Nice work, guys. And it was good to see you again.