Recovery projects #7: Even a beater needs a little attention

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 10-08-2008 02:39 AM 1059 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just puttering around with sharpening tonight. I found this old beater in a box while looking for something else. Thought I’d give it a little attention.

I honestly don’t know what I was using this for that made it in such bad shape—- but, if nothing else, it proves I was at one time working on something!



Five minutes working through 80 – 220 grit – got all (OK most) the crud off



I prefer to use my waterstones for most of my sharpening – but the beater seemed like a good candidate for the Work Sharp. Since I don’t have a grinder—this is the next best thing. I could not imagine how long it would take to get the knicks out of this old guy without a grinder or Work Sharp. I started on the standard sandpaper so I did not muck up my more expensive paper on the Work Sharp.



Is it sharp – NOPE – but it looks better. Not sure I’ll spend any more time on this guy because it’s a beater after all – now I have a prettier pry bar, etc.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 10-08-2008 02:42 AM

cool i have the worksharp too and had to clean up some chisels too. cleans em up nice and gets em nice and sharp! works well.

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#2 posted 10-08-2008 03:38 AM

Nothing like a little fall house cleaning!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 10-08-2008 02:00 PM

Nice job cleaning that thing up.

-- Hope Never fails

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