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Makita Blade Sharpener: Used Tools Make Great Gifts

I’ve been given many tools over the years by friends, family and other craftsmen. It makes sense when you aren’t using a tool, or you buy a new one, to pass the old one on to someone who may have a use for it. I recently purchased a new Makita 9820-2 Horizontal Wheel Wet Blade Sharpener and did just that. My old Makita still worked pretty well, it just needed a new 1600 grit stone and some more epoxy repair. My friend Adan makes knives, and I knew he could really use one of these machines for blade shaping. So I decided after twenty-one years of use I could splurge and buy myself a new one and pass the old one on to a friend. I’m interested in knife making too, so I’m really looking forward to Adan showing me some of his techniques after using this machine.

Allan gives his old Makita machine to Adan

Makita makes some quality items and the Makita 9820-2 Horizontal Wheel Wet Blade Sharpener is definitely one of them. I know I’ve sharpened my chisels, plane irons and joiner blades hundreds, if not thousands of times. In my early woodworking years, I would procrastinate on sharpening my blades because I didn’t have my technique down. Now that I  have mastered this machine, I sharpen my knives the second I feel they are not cutting at peak performance. It’s so easy once you spend the time to learn how to use this machine. You’ll never tolerate dull knives again.

My father-in-law gave me an old hatchet made from excellent Swedish steel. The handle was very spongy so I made a new wenge handle for it. My friend Adan saw the hatchet and appreciated how special it was so he insisted on making a custom case for it. He knows I like nature and canoeing, so he hand tooled some artwork into the leather. It really means a lot. I didn’t realize what a artisan he was and then found out he had no wet sharpening machine to shape his knives, I wanted him to have my old Makita machine. Now we are going to help each other make some cool hunting knives.

Old hatchet given to me by my father-in-law with new wenge handle.

Custom leather hatchet case made by my friend Adan Flores.

So if you have an old electric drill you’re not using, or an extra clamp, or something that you think would be appreciated by a friend or neighbor, I say pass it on. I enjoy giving when I am able. I don’t give tools with the thought that I’m going to receive something from someone else, but it often happens. Share your old or unused tools. Giving is good.

Visit AskWoodMan’s Flickr stream to see more photos of this hatchet and case, as well as other tools that have been refurbished, gifted, or passed down to Allan over the years.

18 Responses to Makita Blade Sharpener: Used Tools Make Great Gifts

  1. eyaneyan November 7, 2010 at 7:15 am #

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  2. Matt November 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    My good friend loaned me his makita 9820 and I was so impressed with what I could do with a planer blade that I used it to sharpen some arrowheads. The issue is the arrowheads were not as hard as I thought. What is the best way to redress the wheels?

  3. AskWoodman November 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi Matt, Yes it is a remarkable machine. As to dressing the wheel: many many years ago I tried to dress the stone with a wheel dresser and the results were terrible. What I have found is just keep using the stone with long flat blades like planer blades and the stone will come into true again. And even if the stone is not perfectly flat due to a friend sharpening say arrowheads, you may lose a little knife to stone contact but it is not worth worrying about. It is just important in the setup of knife to stone cutting relationship to know which part of the stone will contact the knife first. You could also sharpen a planer or jointer blade with significant wear or nicks, that will require more steel removal and let this retrue the stone. Thanks for the comment and don’t hesitate to write back if my answer was not sufficient. Allan

  4. AskWoodman November 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi @eyaneyan , You have a very nice website, and your machines look top of the line. Thank you for commenting on my site. Best regards, Allan

  5. Bill White December 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    I touch up my ‘Kita stones with a hand-held diamond paddle and water. Cleans up the surface without damage.
    I’ve had mine for almost 20 yrs. as well. Can’t see the need for all the other super expensive sharpeners and jigs.

  6. AskWoodman December 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Hi Bill Sorry for the lateness of my reply but have been having password problems due to hacking. I would like to know more about your touch up method for your stones and the type of diamond paddle you are using. No rush but if you could tell me about your technique I would really appreciate it. I bet others would also. Thanks for taking time to write. Allan

  7. Bill White December 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    I use the EZE-LAP paddles with good success. Use lots of water to “wash” the swarf off the stone surfaces and I don’t do it often.
    Hope this helps.

  8. AskWoodman December 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Hi Bill, Yes I use those EZE-LAP paddles all the time. I call them sticks and not paddles so I didn’t know what you were talking about. It makes sense to use them the way you are. Thanks for commenting. Keep in touch.

  9. Matt Shapiro April 14, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    My Makita 20+ yr old 9820 sharpener has not gotten much use except to sharpen chisels.
    I need to sharpen the blades on a 6″ jointer which have a very small knick caused by a small staple on a board edge that I didn’t see. Which grit(s) wheel do you use for this? I believe the original wheel is 1000 grit but I have seen a 120 green sold by Highland Woodworking. Is this worth having?

  10. AskWoodman April 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Hi Matt, I bought the green wheel when I bought my first 9820 and after all these years it is barely worn away. But the time it has saved me over the years is money in my pocket. You will be there all afternoon trying to take a nick out of a planer knife or reestablishing a bevel with the 1000. But with the 120, a few minutes and you are ready to go back to the 1000. They make a 60 too, and I am sure I could make that work also, but I am happy with the 120.

  11. Matt Shapiro April 15, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Thank you so much for your helpful advice. I have since watched your videos demonstrating how you sharpen blades with the Makita 9820. Excellent, excellent, excellent! Makita should include your tutorials with the 9820. I found these much more helpful than reading the instruction manual that came with it. Now I finally understand how to use this properly to sharpen blades. I plan on getting the 120 grit wheel and am looking forward to sharpening with it.
    Thanks again for all the great tips.


  12. Luis Adolfo June 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi! I Have Makita 9820-2, I use it to sharpen metal shafts very delicate. I’m having issues with the dressing of the wheel, I use a Silicon-Carbide Dressing Stick 1″x6″,220 grit but what is happening is that after the dressing, the wheel becomes uneven in some areas and starts wabbling, damaging some of the units I sharpen.

    Any idea why this is happening? Any suggestions to dress the wheel?


  13. AskWoodman June 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi Luis, If I do something like sharpen an axe or kitchen knives on the 9820, the only way to retrue the wheel is if the dressing tool is held in the carrier and passed back and forth to first remove the high spots, and then bring the stone into balance. I usually just let the cutting action of sharpening my planer and jointer knives do this. By first taking hit and miss passes the hard tool steel quickly removes the high spots on the stone while still working toward edge sharpness. So if you just put a dressing tool on the out of true stone, it will just follow that shape during the rotation, not doing anything to true the wheel. So the tool carrier is key to dressing the stone flat. Write me at askwoodman@gmail.com if you want to chat more or exchange photos. I am happy to help. Allan

  14. Tom Slaiter January 23, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    Damn, that leather hatchet cover is simply beautiful! I’ve never seen one before…awesome!

    Thanks for the post 🙂

  15. AskWoodMan January 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Thanks Tom. My friend is really good at leather work. I want to try my hand at too. Wood steel and leather go together to make some nice things. Thanks for reaching and keep in touch. Allan

  16. Bob April 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Would the Makita sharpen a wood chipper blade 3/8 thick x 6 inches x 3

  17. AskWoodMan July 22, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Absolutely. You may want to have a course stone than the standard 1000 grit. Makita makes a 60 or a 120 grit that would make short work of sharpening a blade with a worn or damaged edge.


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