OK——so last time I told you I was able to get a mirror finish on the backs of my chisels. That’s all swell and nice——I can see my ugly mug in chisels now…... But I daresay my bevels are not fairing quite so well.
I have the Veritas system honing jig and am using the scary sharp system up to 600 wet/dry paper and finishing on a 8000 water stone. The jig I understand and am sure I am using it correctly. I am making uniform scratches along the bevel—- but not turning a burr. I tried 3 or 4 chisels this way and no burr. Then I tried to sharpen without a jig and viola! a burr.
So guys what may be the problem with the jig. I have reread the instructions and have placed the chisel in the jig as instructed and have confirmed that the bevel is flat on the paper. But still no burr.
Then I read spaides blog http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/spaids/blog/4437—- where if he can do it anyone can do it. I am thinking my name is not “anyone.” I’m falling under “that other one” personhood.
Trouble shoot for me guys, please. Give me some ideas of what I’m doing wrong.
I have my Kelly Mehler class in a few weeks and I would rather have my chisels a little more respectable then they are now.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine