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Old 09-19-2017, 03:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Ed Brown (ed4copies) has a bunch of videos on his channel... Many of them he uses a skew and does things from a "real person" view, not showing off skills. I suggest checking some of them out!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjC...qCZ97Iw/videos
Thanks I can not believe I did not see Ed's Video.on the skew.He has some good Video.s I get an order a week from Exotic Blanks. So I spend a lot of time on there site just looking around.
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Thank you, guys! Comments like the ones above motivate me to do MANY more!!
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I have a bunch of oak dowels from toys at a daycare. I'm thinking to cut them into pieces about the length of blanks and using them to practice with the skew. I have been told or read that a good skew can leave a finish that needs little or no sanding.
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im in no way that good at using a skew but I have been practicing with it and it does help,,my main thing was I was scared of it,,there is a lot of you tube videos on it but one of my favorites is jake gevorgian,,,,some videos refer to it as the devils can opener,,lol,,but im still learning and hope to get a lot better,,the finish is awesome,,,
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I noticed when I changed my sharpening system just for the Skew it feels like I have better control I now use a bench top belt sander as opposed to my 8” grinder.It seems like the concave bevel made it a little unstable.I bought my self a Multitool bench grinder attach. for Xmas That should work better on my slow speed grinder.I am really trying to use the Skew more if I could
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I noticed when I changed my sharpening system just for the Skew it feels like I have better control I now use a bench top belt sander as opposed to my 8” grinder.It seems like the concave bevel made it a little unstable.I bought my self a Multitool bench grinder attach. for Xmas That should work better on my slow speed grinder.I am really trying to use the Skew more if I could
Yes, the concave grind (not bevel) does not leave a “bevel” or flat right behind the cutting edge. Only after you hone the skew with a diamond hone do you begin to create a flat behind the cutting edge that will ride on what you have just cut and make the skew (or any chisel) more user friendly.
Grinding/sanding a flat or convex grind will give you bevel support right behind the cutting edge and will make using the skew a more pleasant experience. The flat or convex surfaces are great for beginners. A concave or flat grind is excellent for getting into a deep V cut. A convex grind is great on coves as the convex shape will follow the cutting edge as you create the cove.

Also using some honing abrasive compound such as Tormex uses on a leather wheel will take a diamond honed edge to a polished edge for a super sharp and smooth cutting edge.
I use a MDF disc on a faceplate as a honing/polishing disc on chisels and knives.
Simple apply a few dots of compound to the edge of the disc and hone/polish your tools. I turn the disc at a slow speed to avoid heat in the blade/tool.

Good luck with your skew.
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I noticed when I changed my sharpening system just for the Skew it feels like I have better control I now use a bench top belt sander as opposed to my 8 grinder.It seems like the concave bevel made it a little unstable.I bought my self a Multitool bench grinder attach. for Xmas That should work better on my slow speed grinder.I am really trying to use the Skew more if I could
Capt Eddie said that a concave bevel does in fact make the skew harder to use and gave his explanation why. He has a video showing how to freehand sharpen a skew to a "bullet" (convex) grind. My wonderful daughters just got me a giftcard to Rockler for Christmas, I'm going to look at some stones this coming weekend soley for sharpening my skews so I don't get a concave bevel.
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I do all my shew sharpening by hand on a diamond plate.
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I have been experimenting with a sacrificial skew I messed up a while back.My 4X36 belt sander is to aggressive at 3600 RPM .That is why I wanted to try the Multitool on the 8" grinder It runs at 1735.I also bought an assortment of belts to see what works
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Never considered the multitool yet for sharpening. I would wonder about a 4 side grinder for myself. Spent so much sharpening brush hog blades on the brush hog for Dad when I was young, I seem to always get my best edge on any shape with that. Lol.


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