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Old 02-09-2014, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do I tune my own edges? How do I know the correct angle to use when tuning my edges?

I am agraid of damaging my edges by doing this myself but I am very handy so I am sure I will be just fine once I know the proper method.
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Buy a degree guide. 1 - 3 degree depending on how you want your edges
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yes, but I guess my question is... how do I know what the factory setup on the edge to begin with, and how do I know what each degree is going to "do" for me?
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yes, but I guess my question is... how do I know what the factory setup on the edge to begin with, and how do I know what each degree is going to "do" for me?
check the builder website or give them a call. what kind of board, someone here may know (probably will).

also note that you don't have to use the builder setup, you may want to add more or less, depending on your preferences.

more degrees = more edge hold, but will catch edges more - this is an oversimplification, the real answer is below.

Tuning - The Carver's Almanac

this article is very comprehensive.

lots of youtube videos on how to sharpen.

personally I recommend a proper metal file guide as opposed to those plastic ones that hold a little tiny square piece of file.

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...personally I recommend a proper metal file guide as opposed to those plastic ones that hold a little tiny square piece of file.
Do you have an example of one of these? I work with my hands and my philosophy has always been to spend money up front on good tools/equipment and you will be happier in the end.

Thanks for the link too, I will check it out.
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I read throught that entire Carvers Almanac and now I want to buy like $1,000 worth of tune up equipment and a few crappy craigs list boards to dice up and practice on! It's going to be a long summer after all.

Thanks for that link. That was supremely helpful.
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SwixSport.com : SwixProduct / File Holders TA288 File guide, racing, 2

A friend of mine warned me that it takes about $400 to get all the stuff you need for tuning.

I didn't believe him but by the time you buy all of the stuff it adds up to that. File guides, diamond stones, vises, iron, etc. cost a lot. It pays for itself over time, and I keep my stuff sharp. With 7 boards in the family it doesn't take long to pay back.

It is much less stressful if you have an old rock board that you can mess around on first.

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If you want the cheaper side

http://racewax.com/p-375-base-side-b...nd-stones.aspx

It's a good kit to start with. If you want to go pro... Then start buying all the file guides over time

P.S. If the edges angles have never been altered.... then contact the board company and ask. If a shop has done edge tuning the last time around... I would ask them.

It wouldn't surprise me if it's 1/1

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