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  • Sharpening the Dockyard Micro-Gouges

    Okay Ric,

    The Dockyard Micro-gouges come sharp from the factory and hold an edge very well, but every tool has it's limit.

    So when it comes time to resharpen the micro-Gouges, it is really quite simple. (as opposed to other tools)

    The Micro-gouge is formed in a circlular fashion rather than a U-shape like most veiners. So sharpening is accomplished by rotating the gouge on an abrasive while holding it in one location and at a constant angle. The motion is similar to an old wringer washing machine, twist one direction and then reverse direction.

    I sharpen mine on a fine rotating abrasive wheel, it only takes a second to sharpen one that way. It will take slightly longer on a stone. Be sure to remove any burrs from inside the gouge using the edge of a piece of leather or a buffing wheel.

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    Re: Sharpening the Dockyard Micro-Gouges

    Thanks Rick...I have one of those Sears power water stones discribed on another post. I have been a little shy about trying to sharpen on that for fear of ruining it. I will give it a go. Heck the worst I could do is have to order another one.
    Cheers
    Ric

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    • #3
      Re: Sharpening the Dockyard Micro-Gouges

      Ric, use a light touch if you are using power.

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          Re: Sharpening the Dockyard Micro-Gouges

          Another tip for 'marking' knives. I have several of those double edge convex/concave blades and one each of concave and convex blades. The one edge ones are no problem, but every so often I used to pick up a double and try to push the back of the blade with my thumb. fortunately no serious damage was done, but it coulda happened. Sooooo..... I painted the end of the handles on the double edgers bright red. If I have a Red one I know it's sharp on both sides. doesn't look too cool but Hey, better red paint that red body fluid, right?

          Al

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            Re: Sharpening the Dockyard Micro-Gouges

            Ah, thanks for the 'marking' ideas, you guys. I run into the same type of problem, with a bunch of mini and micro gouges lying on the workbench. Duh...it never occurred to me to mark them somehow :-)

            Teri
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              Re: Sharpening the Dockyard Micro-Gouges

              The ones marked with blood should be handled carefully.

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