How to Sharpen Crucible Dividers
Posted on 27 November 2016
A few customers have commented that their dividers have slightly irregular tips or have difficulty making clean holes in hardwoods. After some back-and-forth with the customers, we realized that they hadn’t sharpened them.
Like a plane iron or a chisel, the final edge shape is up to the customer. Some woodworkers like a needle point. Others like more of a triangular tip. And those who do marquetry will sharpen one leg of the tool with a chisel tip for cutting veneer.
Sharpening your dividers takes less than a minute and can be done on a flat surface with a piece of sandpaper (such as #320 grit). The newly sharpened tips will last for an incredibly long time (perhaps years if you don’t damage them).
On Saturday I shot this short video at the Crucible lab of Raney sharpening a pair of dividers.
Move videos on the dividers are in the works. Stay tuned.
— Christopher Schwarz