Mike Dunbar, master maker of the classic Windsor-style chair, has recently embarked on a video project to share his 30 years of experience in a series of detailed videos showing how to make Windsor-style chairs in the traditional way. But not all of the videos are just about chairmaking. Some of the videos detail information about the selection, care and use of tools used in the process.
Recently, Dunbar focused on the draw knife, an essential tool for this kind of chairmaking, but not one that all woodworkers are really familiar with. In the 13-minute video, Dunbar goes into detail about what to look for in a draw knife, how to use it properly, and how to easily sharpen and maintain the edge. The sharpening lesson is typical of Dunbar's down-to-earth approach. "You don't need any gizmos to sharpen a draw knife," he says. His prefered method makes use of ordinary sandpaper backed by a wood block.
You can watch the video below.
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