I love hearing their casino stories,
But here's a bit of background - for years, I was one of those woodworkers who would just buy new blades, rather than get the old ones sharpened. If I wasn't in love with the old blade in the first place, why sharpen it?
Then I met my dream blade - the Forest Woodworker II.
At the time I purchased it (which was a LONG time ago!), I thought it was crazy to spend $100 on a blade - but let me say that this blade changed everything. At the time, I was build a buttload of furniture, maybe 2-3 pieces a month, and this blade stayed sharp for three years. Seriously, three years. I'd clean the pitch off it, and get pristine cuts that almost looked like they'd been run over the jointer.
The funny thing is - that Forrest blade came with a cardboard shipping mailer for returning it to the company for sharpening. When I finally broke down and sent it in to be sharpened, it was never as good as it was when it was new. I'm not sure why.
Every tablesaw I own is outfitted with one of these, so you know I'm a believer. But none of them has ever cut as well as that very first one did. WTF?
I finally broke down and asked a few buddies about their local sharpeners. What's that line about - ask ten woodworkers and you'll get twelve answers? I tried a couple here in town, and finally decided my favorite company is Nevada Carbide.
They're a little tough to find, located off the beaten path, behind a popular strip club here. Don't get lost, or you might end up with a $20 lap dance. Maybe that's a good thing, I don't know.
And you gotta love someone willing to put their sense of humor on their card. I love the last line!
So - that's my tip for the start of the new year - get your gear sharpened and hop back into the woodshop. Make some cool stuff.