Eaton County Woodworker posts a lovely point about the sharpening discussion: How do you know your tools are sharp?

With all the discussion of which system to buy, to what level must a tool be honed, and what stone can I buy to make my edges better (remember, its the archer not the arrow…), there is very little attention paid to the idea of knowing when a tool is actually sharp enough to do the job

The proposed test is to cut/pare end grain on some super soft white pine.

Upshot here is I don’t need to go do a test, I’ve got four corners of terrible dovetails to tell me my tools just ain’t sharp enough yet.

Or why my dovetails suck so bad
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