I had to chuckle a bit when I scrolled through the most recent blogs and saw that Phil, too, had been sitting at the sharpening stone.
I woke up a bit earlier than I’d planned on Saturday morning. I’m not the kind of person who can fall back asleep if I wake up after a certain hour (usually about 5:00 a.m.), so I got up and quietly stole downstairs and grabbed a quick bite to eat. And then I threw on some boots, ran out to the (freezing) garage, and grabbed my diamond and ceramic stones and some recently acquired palm chisels and hustled back inside.
I like the diamond stones and ceramic stones for several reasons. Because of the nature of both of these sharpening mediums, I don’t really have to worry about keeping them flat. They can be used with just a bit of water, making them much less messy than water stones or oil stones. They seem to work well together. If I’m not removing nicks or chips, I can get by with the fine and extra fine diamond stones and then follow them up with the fine and extra fine ceramic stones. After a quick lapping on some leather and honing compound, I’ve got a mirror polish on my chisel edges.
I had six palm chisels to work on, and some woodworking shows on my DVR, so I just queued the shows up and set to work on sharpening my chisels.
After a while (a bit more than two hours, including breakfast and prepping my tools and getting the coffee going), I had six wonderfully sharp chisels and watched David Marks make a great little Arts and Crafts footstool, among other things.
By that time, the wife was up and about and I headed up to shower and shave and get started on our long list of errands we had lined up for the day.
It always feels good to start a day off being productive. It sets the tone for the rest of the day, you know? Makes things just fall into place.
They’re calling for warmer weather this week… Dare I hope for the 50’s and possibly even 60’s that were predicted? I’d certainly welcome the chance to get started on my tool chest. When I was grabbing my sharpening stones, I realized how desperately I need one when I looked over at all the new tools I’d acquired over the past few months. Nothing big, but plenty of small ones, and they need the most organization!
-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com