Maintaining Your Shop

There is nothing worse for me than to be in the middle of a project and need a tool, grab it and its not sharp. This weekend I intended to go through my chisels and block planes. They were dearly in need of attention.

Foot print Chisels

Irwin Blue Chip

Here are my block planes.

Block Planes

Block Planes 2

Now with the general events this project took me all weekend. I have 4 sets of chisels and 6 block planes. I will try to use one then find it dull and grab another. Before you know it everything is dull. I like to have my block planes lined up in the order they are setup to cut. It makes fast work of a project just to grab the correct tool and start the process.

I have also wanted to get a pair of old chisels into shape as well.

Old chisels

I have sharpening stones but choose to use mechanical means to get an edge. This is one of the choirs I find a machine helps speed up. I use a simple jig to set the distance and go from my Tormek and Work Sharp.


worksharp 3000

Here is a video on my block planes.

And you cant forget the shop elf helping me.

Thank you for your time and come again!


Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

10 Responses to Maintaining Your Shop

  1. I have a few of these myself. Planes in general have a panache all their own. Block planes lack some of the adjustability of their larger cousins but they have a swiss watch quality in that they are small, precision tools. That doesn’t explain why I have so many but then I don’t need to. They are small enough to hide in nooks and crannies throughout the shop. The trick is to never have more than one on the bench at a time. 🙂

  2. JL7 says:

    Hey Dave, Thanks for pointing out that it’s perfectly acceptable to have like 6 or 7 blocks planes….just what I didn’t need to know! That Tormek sure is sweet….and I noticed that you no longer forget to set the angle on the Work Sharp!

    Good video…..I still need to get a routine going… of these days…..

    Logan is definitively following paw paw’s shoes (well, if was wearing shoes………where’s the shop safety here??) He will someday come to appreciate that shop time…….

    Great videos……


    • davidbardin says:

      Jeff half the time I don’t have shoes on. Of my three girls two of them have been snake biten mowing the yard. We don’t run around here screaming snake snake!
      You aught to have seen my wife’s face when I handed my two nephews a framing gun and let them build a fort. They new to treat it as a loaded gun, just like there BB guns. I supervised and they had a great time. They would mark the board and I would cut it for them, give it back and let them nail it.
      I am not a collector I am a user, I use every one of those planes.
      I was taught by being given good instruction, then let loose with hands on.
      Thanks as always Jeff.

  3. roger says:

    I agree with you Dave. I think you should devote a few hours, or a whole day for just sharpening.

    • davidbardin says:

      We have to Roger. I would go as far to say I believe my stuff gets dull just sitting around. How many times have you picked up something and swore you just put an edge on it.

  4. davidbardin says:

    Randy when the mood strikes you you will get there. There are a lot of times I can find a lot of other things to do other than the shop. But I get to a point sometimes where I can’t get a project started. So I sharpen and clean tools. I make a few sometimes as well. It is all a state of mind.
    Thanks for the cute complement also. That is why we dressed him in that shirt;)

  5. DIYaholic says:

    Nice video. It is important to keep not only your edges sharp, but your mind also. I really need to sharpen all my edges & mind too. For some reason, I just don’t have the energy or motivation to get into the shop. I hope that changes soon. Cute grandkid BTW!

  6. DocSavage45aka Thomas Tieffenbacher says:

    Doing a similar clean up! The worksharp heats a bit doing 20 chisels!

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