I’ve decided that if I’m going to do a dovetail project using hard woods—- I had better get my tools sharp. My understanding is that the first thing to do is to get the chisel backs flat. I’ve also read that if it’s not a mirror finish on the back – it’s not flat. I thought that would be more than I could do—- but gave it a shot.
I’ve been trying different sharpening systems, oil stone, diamond stones, water stones, cement blocks (just kidding – saw my Dad sharpen his pin knife on a block once) and the scary sharp system. Until tonight I’ve not had much luck with any of them. (See my pitiful dovetails for proof!).
But tonight it really hit me that I needed to combine some of these systems. So I started with scary sharp and ended with the 8000 grit waterstone. WOW, WOW, WOW. What a difference. By the time I was done for the night I had put a mirror finish on 6 chisels. And when I say mirror——I can see the individual lashes on my eye. Now that’s a mirror. So I’m guessing that that is flat enough.
And yes, before the picture police get me. I did try to get a picture but I could not get one to look right without the flash——so did not waste web space with my pictures. So you’ll have to believe me!
Tomorrow I’ll use the same system and see if I can get the bevel sharp.
I’m going to master this yet!
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine