In our daily life, frequently we use different types of wooden furniture’s and many other things. But sometimes, either you or the carpenters need to use different kinds of wood carving tools to fix the wooden fixture. In this article, we describe how to sharpen wood carving tools in details.
Wood carving tools are so blunt that you cannot do your work correctly if it is not sharpen properly.
So, a question might arise a how to use sharpening carving tools. There might be a lot of answers or techniques for this process. However, we short out some easy and convenient ways to make your wood carving tools became razor sharp.
So, let’s go further.
Table of Contents
- What tools do I need for wood carving?
- Choosing Proper Bevel is Very Important
- Best Way to Sharpening Wood Carving Tools
- Stropping or Honing Wood Carving Tools
- Things to Consider
- Wrapping Up
What tools do I need for wood carving?
In the market, you can find different types of sharpening tools like Sand wood sharpener, sandpaper sharpener, leather strap etc.
However, you also find some tools incorporated with machine as well as hand-operated tools. Let's have a look at different tools we can use to sharpen your tools.
Effective Ways How to Sharpen Wood Carving Tools and Things we must Consider.
At the very beginning, we have to choose an instrument which we want to sharpen.
For example, a chisel, knife, Gauge, or any other wood carving tool. However, the following steps can help us a lot to perform the sharpening process successfully…
Choosing Proper Bevel is Very Important
One of the crucial things about the process is to choose the right angle of the slope. Generally, the cutting tools offer two different beveling options, i.e., Stepper and Shallower.
The Stepper beveling is suitable to cut hardwoods whereas shallower slope performs the craving operation in softwoods like pine or other.
The slope is like an indicator for you whether the tool needs to sharpen or not. A blunt bevel means you need to do some sharpening process.
So, choose the angle according to your needs. For a stepper beveling, the recommended edge is 20-30 degrees, whereas the shallower bevel angle is 15-20 degrees.
To get a proper slope, uses of sandpaper are also substantial. It also comes in different variants. Choose a moderate sandpaper rather than highly abrasive one because it can change the shapes of the angle too.
The best angle for sharpening process is 18-20 degrees. Use your thumb to maintain proper beveling.
Best Way to Sharpening Wood Carving Tools
To make your carving tool blade-like sharp, you can use grindstone, which is available in almost every carpenter shop. However, different types of sandstone are available leveled medium, fine, ultra-fine.
If the instrument has a dent or it is too blunt or pretty bad in condition, you need to start from medium to fine and lastly ultra-fine one.
We suggest to follow the steps described in below:
- Put the tool at the Grindstone at ground level,
- Move it away from you placing with an angle of 18 degrees (Approximately),
- Move it towards you sliding into the sandstone,
- Move it in a circular motion above the stone with a periodic motion,
- Once you have done the processes, you will find your tool sharper than before.
So, to get more shiny and uniform sharpness to your tool, you have to process it, which call honing.
You can do the sharpening process by using hands, but we suggest to use a jig. Because when you are using it, you do not need to put more emphasis on the beveling rather than putting it in a proper place.
Stropping or Honing Wood Carving Tools
Stropping or honing will give your tools a shiny and razor-like sharpness which the grindstone cannot. This process is a tricky one, though. Lets describe:
The Process of Sharping Wood Carving Tools with Stropping or Honing
In this step, you need to buy stopping leather, or you can make it at home. Many people build it at home because it is not that difficult; you can create it from a used leather bag.
We suggest to use a good quality leather. You can see that one side of the leather is in good finishing or polished, whereas the opposite is not. So put your Gauge, Chisel, or Knife into the leather.
You can also find some powder to make the honing more effective and smoother.
However, the powder is like chalks, which will be embedded with the leather after one use, and you do not need to use it more.
Now, hone the tool laying on the leather as much as you can. When you are moving it towards you, keep the sharp age in the opposite direction, and vice versa.
You do not need to do this many times. Some 15 times is enough to get a super hone device.
How to Make It at Home?
1. Choose a piece of leather of 12 x 3-inch leather.
2. Find a piece of wood and drill it both end as a locking system.
3. Attach the leather with it. You can also use some glue with it if you want a fixed one.
Check the sharpness of your carving tools after using once or twice. Do some honing because it will give you the previous strops.
You do not need to sharp with stone unless it is unusable. Use both parts of the leather accordingly.
Things to Consider
Your carving tools also have some health hazards in case of any careless use of it. So, the below mentioned things you should consider about it.
1. Check the Sharp Edge
How can you know that your tools need to have some honing or stropping? Look at the edge of the tool, a place where you can see the light reflects, called the light sides.
So if you can see the bright tip which is reflecting irregularly, that means you need to take extra care. Do stropping unless all the edges look shiny and sharp.
2. Use some Lubricant or Water
Another important thing is to use some water or lubricant when you are doing the sharpening process. Because of friction, the metal becomes hot quickly, which might cause a problem for you and your tool also.
Most of the carvers use some water, or they put the device into the water after some moves.
3. Be Careful Always
A wood carving tool is not a fun thing as it is blade-sharp. So, you can use safety gloves. Use the best quality stones, even if it is costly.
To sum up, sharpening your carving tools are so easy that you can do it at your home rather than depending on the repairers or carpenters.
Now, you know how to sharpen wood carving tools, so make your first step immediately.
From now, you do not need to worry about your knife, chisel, V cuts, or round shapes carving tools anymore. However, if you have any questions about this, you can also comment on the sections below.