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Time to get your woodworking tools sharp? With a Tormek you can sharpen wood chisels, plane irons, planer blades, drill bits, carving tools and more to a razor-sharp edge. The water cooled way of sharpening is both gentle and highly effective in keeping the edge to an optimal shape. You can smoothly sharpen your specific tool to your desired shape and angel, and replicate your sharpening if needed.
By taking care of your tools in the best way, you will also get the benefit of enjoying them for a long time. The Tormek method means that you only remove a minimum amount of steel during each sharpening, which will extend the lifetime of your tools. With Tormek’s sharpening system, the edge is continuously cooled with water during the sharpening, which is both gentle on the steel and washes the ground steel particles into the water trough. The grindstone also rotates slowly throughout the sharpening, which means there is no risk that the steel becomes overheated and loses its hardness.
Sébastien and Wolfgang from Tormek show the sharpening of chisels and plane blades with the Tormek sharpening system. We also go through Tormek’s different grinding wheels; SG-250 Original Grindstone, SB-250 Blackstone Silicion, SJ-250 Japanese Waterstone and our three Diamond Wheels DC-250, DF-250 and DE-250. In the program we give our recommendations for usage and tools.
To get the highest possible sharpness, it’s important that you finish the sharpening process by honing and polishing your tool on the leather honing wheel. This process will remove the burr that occurs during sharpening and give a razor-sharp and shiny edge for a long time ahead.
With Tormek's jig for square edges, SE-77, it is easy to set your wood chisels and plane irons for sharpening to a square corner. The design gives you the best conditions for a successful sharpening with the highest precision over the final result. You can also set the jig for a slightly convex shape. See the full instuctions for using the SE-77 Square Edge Jig here.
The height of the Universal Support determines the edge angle. This can be set in two ways. Either you can exactly replicate the existing angle using the Tormek Marker Method or you set to a new angle according to your choice using the Tormek AngleMaster WM‑200.
The easiest way to re-set the edge angle on tool, like a chisel or a plane iron, is to use the Tormek Marker Method. By following three simple steps you can quickly get the correct angle.
With the Tormek Drill Bits Sharpening Attachment DBS-22 you can now sharpen your drill bits (3-22 mm) with the highest precision. The optimal point can be set according to each drilling requirement, which depends upon the drill size and material. You can completely restore worn drills as well as broken drills to a perfect shape.
With Tormek's Drill Bit Jig you create a 4-facet point which gives the ideal cutting performance since the chisel edge gets a point instead of being almost flat as on many drills. A 4-facet point will not walk and the thrust force required is considerably reduced compared to a conventional cone point drill.
Learn more in our sharpening class below:
The Japanese Chisels differ in shape from the Western style chisels. The rough shape from the forging is retained without machining, the sides are usually not parallel and the blades are shorter. This means that you cannot use the alignment shoulder in the jig for an exact 90° alignment. The clamp is designed so tools with a tapered shank can also be firmly mounted. Be cautious when sharpening Japanese chisels! Compared to longer Western style chisels there is a limited amount of available steel, so you should set carefully to minimize the removal of expensive steel. The back has a hollow, which moves closer to the edge at each sharpening. After some sharpenings you might need to flatten the back, so the hollow does not reach the edge. You then use the side of the wheel.