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So I have a hard copy of a sharpening book then I also checked out a book on my kindle called Hand Tool Essentials: Refine your power tool projects with hand tool techniques written by the editors of Fine Woodworking. Now I own all of 3 power tools (Scroll saw, Circ. Saw, Jig Saw) but this book has a lot of great information about hand tools that applies perfectly for me as a beginner. I read through different parts last night and a little bit today. Some things that stood out to me was you had to flatten the entire face of the chisel not just near the cutting edge. I can’t remember if I have heard this about plane irons or chisels about only needing to flatten the inch or two near the cutting edge. Anyways, I learned something. There is a lot of information that I learned in this book so far but the other takeaway is that Christopher Schwarz does not use a medium grit stone? He says in the book that a British craftsmen by the name of David Charlesworth sharpened about 100 edges without the medium grit stone and observed the edges with a 30X jewelers loupe and then put them to work. Christopher Schwarz was convinced that the fine grit waterstone cuts fast enough to polish your edge and remove the scratches left by the course grit stone. This is interesting to me I will have to do some more digging around on this and it will most likely save me a decent amount of $$.
Another thing that I need to look into is sandpaper sharpening. I do not have the $$ in my tool budget yet to buy waterstones so I am thinking of getting some sandpaper and either a flat piece of 12” by 12” tile or a small piece of granite. When I went to the store the highest grit I saw at Lowes was 400. I am not sure on if this is fine enough to sharpen my chisels just fine enough to get by until I can purchase those water stones.
If anyone does or has used the sandpaper method please post your setup here.
That is it for today. When I get off work I am going to be flattening the underside of my bench so I can attach my bench vice so wish me luck!
-- Colorado Springs, CO