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'40 THE PALM BEACH POST' RESIDENCES ADVERTISING SECTION ' SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 n Sharpening simple tools: easy task What valuables would you grab in a disaster? By JACK WARNER Cox News Service I get a lot of questions about sharpening chisels and plane irons and turning tools. I get a few questions about sharpening saws, too, but I have a simple answer to those. Take 'em to a professional sharpener. Unless it fascinates you, it's not worth fooling with, and very few woodworkers are set up to sharpen carbide saw blades. But for those simple edges that need more frequent work, there are lots of ways to do it and there's no one way that's better than any other. For instance, in his books, James Krenov talks about using one of those hand-cranked grinders for sharpening his chisels and plane irons. This has two advantages the hand-cranked mechanisms are cheap, and you don't have to worry about burning the edge the way you do with an electric grinder. Of course, you don't use the wheel that comes with the grinder. You don't want to introduce your fine edges to one of them. Get a good white or pink wheel. It'll run you another $25 or so. Most wood turners use an electric grinder to sharpen their tools. You'll be a lot better off with one of the slower 1800 rpm grinders. They'll cost about twice the price of a cheap 3,600-rpm job, but they're a lot easier on the tools. Any grinder will give you a hollow-ground edge, which is a fancy way of accounting for the very slight concavity it leaves on the bevel. The practical effect of this is that in use, the tool will contact the work at just two points the heel and the edge. Tage Frid sharpens his tools on an upright best sander, using worn-down, fine grit paper. There are machines, and belts, to heat the tool as much as an electric grinder, and it's pretty quick. Most woodworkers probably use stones for their chisels and plane irons; even those who use grinders generally do the fine honing on stones. There are, of course, a great many different stones, both natural and man-made. I prefer the Japanese water stones to oil stones; the water doesn't make the mess oil does and they seem to work better for me. container and photographs that can't be replaced are among the top items. "We'll replace jewelry as part of the property," Ford said. "But if it's sentimental, it's not really replaceable." Many people seemed to take items of immediacy, such as blankets, a pillow and clothes, rather than the long-term objects that could never be replaced. A random survey of people in San Francisco found that most, of course, never had to make the decision of what three items to take in a matter of a few minutes. "I'd grab my computer, bottled water and food," said Marcos Montenegro, who lives in Sunnyvale, Calif., with his wife and 7-year-old daughter. "You never know when you're going to need food." He said his computer stores all his phone numbers and every piece of financial information he has. Price Holbert, a former Oakland, Calif., police officer who lives in Rodeo, Calif., would take photographs especially the ones of a 13-year-old grandson he helped raise who died in an automobile accident He would also remove the guns from his safe because "that's what people are going to loot when you're out." By MARSHA GINSBURG San Francisco Examiner Jewelry smart. Photographs very smart. Clothes not so smart. When a flood, fire, earthquake or other natural disaster hits, and there are only a few minutes to get out of the house, the list of "must haves" should be easy. But sometimes people take what they want instead of what they should have. The California State Automobile Association, a major provider of homeowner insurance in California, said even homeowners and renters not affected by floods should take stock of what they own and be prepared to grab what is most important in a moment's notice. Northern California has suffered three major natural disasters in eight years: the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, the East Bay hills fire of 1991 and the floods that ushered in 1997. Among the belongings that should be in hand when fleeing a home are medications or anything related to major health needs, said CSAA spokeswoman Lee Ford. If there's time, sentiment is the key word for what follows, she said. Jewelry that can be put in a pocket or small Planning A Long-Distance Move? Raising 6 liids Mies a Ph.D. Patience EUardWork Dedication As well as Compassion and Persistence Aren't these the qualities you're looking for in uour next realtor? 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