Sharp tools make woodworking easier. One of the easiest and quickest ways to do the job is with diamond stones.
There are a number of different techniques for sharpening and honing your cutting tools: sandpaper, oil stones, natural water stones, synthetic water stones, ceramic stones, diamond stones, diamond paste, honing compounds, dry power sharpeners, wet power sharpeners, bench grinders, and belt grinders. Many woodworkers combine several techniques into their edge tool maintenance regime. It’s no wonder that the myriad sharpening options can be so intimidating to novice woodworkers. In this article I outline a simple, easy-to-use system that provides consistently excellent results.