I know its been beaten like a dead horse, but the scary sharp method sure is quick, easy, and cheap, especially for a beginner.
I got my first set of chisels today and, or course, they need to be sharpened. No fancy chisels here. The $30 set of 4 Irwin bench chisels. I set up my sandpaper 150, 320, 400, 600, 1000, and 1500 grit. The 400 through 1500 is wet/dry. I started flattening the back of the first chisel and was pretty skeptical. By the time I got done with the 1500 it was like a mirror, at least about a 1/2” of it was. I was pretty impressed to say the least. I flattened the backs of the rest of the chisels and switched out all the sandpaper. I don’t know if I really needed to do that the sandpaper didn’t feel all that bad, but I did anyway.
I used a honing guide for the 1/4”-3/4” chisels and went all the way through the grits and they are nice and sharp, I guess. I don’t have much to compare them too since I have never owned chisels before let alone sharpened any. I thought I would give free hand a try on the 1” chisel. It seemed to work just fine and feels just as sharp as the rest. There is no hair shaving going on, I think I need a little more practice before that happens. But, for a first time EVER sharpening ANYTHING the scary sharp method worked great. It took me about an hour and half to sharpen all 4 chisels. Should be considerably faster in the future.
I dug out a scrap of maple and just tried paring away a little with each size and it was pretty effortless. Now I just need to find out how long they keep their edge. I am going to try hand cutting some mortise and tenons to practice and get the feel for the chisels.
Wish me luck.