Tired of seeing students struggle working with dull tools, Robert put together this course to help students learn how to put a razor sharp edge on the tools most used in lutherie.

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About This Course

Welcome to the Robert O’Brien Online Sharpening Course. In this course Robert shows how to sharpen chisels, planes, spokeshaves and scrapers. These are among the tools he uses in his online guitar building courses.

In this hour long course you will learn about:

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Working with sharp tools is safer and will increase your level of accuracy as you work.

Work Smart! Work Sharp!

I bought this course and it was worth every penny. Has made my life much easier. Matt
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I greatly appreciated your sharpening video. It helped make what seemed like a complicated process of sharpening plane blades, chisels, and spokeshave blades simple to me. Larry
I bought this course and it was worth every penny. Has made my life much easier. Matt
After struggling for years with sharpening my tools, this video, along with the Veritas MKII, changed my life! I now get sharp, consistent and quick results. I highly recommend it for every luthier. Russ
Robbie's sharpening course is well worth the price and the time! Robbie would have made a great high school shop teacher! If you have trouble getting your tools sharp and straight this course is for you! Buy it, get it & watch it! You won't be sorry! TJ
I purchased Robbie's sharpening course a while back. It is a very well thought out course that gets to the heart of the matter of sharpening tools. I highly recommend the course! Scooter
Robert's course is very informative and well worth the money even at full price! Never mind such a generous discount! Get it, watch it, learn it & you'll always be the sharpest tool in the shop! LOL! Don't ever be dull again! TJ
This is a great course and was the first course I bought from Robbie - I worked on learning sharpening before starting on guitars. I figured until I could get my planes, chisels, and scrapers sharp —there wasn’t much need in me trying to work on expensive tonewood. It is really good information and Robbie makes all of his instruction fun. Larry
Love the sharpening course so far. The video on scraper sharpening is worth the price of the whole course! It's amazing what a difference sharp tools make! Jeff
I decided to set aside my pride, and see if I could up my game on sharpening, and went ahead and bought this course. As I suspected, I'm reworking old habits, picking up new ideas, and getting a fresh new start on this all-important subject. Yes, it turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. I'm highly recommending this course! Peter
Very helpful. I've used Robbie's tools, and they are sharp. Good course. Barry
Lesson 1: Flattening the Back 16:42
Lesson 2: The Primary Bevel 8:20
Lesson 3: The Secondary Bevel 6:30
Lesson 4: Planes 13:57
Lesson 5: Spokeshaves 4:43
Lesson 6: Scrapers 12:34