A great deal of the frustration and disappointment which people experience with woodcraft tools is caused by lack of guidance and instruction in the choice of those tools in the first place. Perhaps the greatest deterrent to success, however, is the failure to appreciate that, no matter how perfect the tool is, if it has a cutting edge, then it must be sharpened. Most tools are accurately ground at the factory, but few are ready-sharpened and all will need to be sharpened from time to time anyway.
No one seems to like sharpening tools, yet the satisfaction of using a really sharp tool is appreciated by everyone. Cutting should be effortless, and a correctly and perfectly sharpened tool is also much safer (which is why experienced woodworkers commonly say "a sharp blade is a safe blade"). The equipment for grinding and sharpening can be very simple or quite sophisticated, depending on the space and money available. It is unlikely that you will be able to have your tools reground and sharpened by a professional, so you must ensure you have the right equipment to do it yourself. Top quality steel is essential for a true, long lasting edge. An edge of lesser quality material will literally crumble over time in use.
Whether you are sharpening up a chisel, a plane, or just information on sharpening stones, look no further. This article contains links to how to sharpen a specific woodworking tool below as well as provide a brief overview of each. If you are looking for a product guide for a specific tool we carry, please check out the Tool Guides page.