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Handtool Basics #1: Sharpening with a Belt Sander?

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Blog entry by WoodWorkLIFE posted 02-08-2017 10:49 PM 973 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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No the way you would think to use it, but pair the Harbor Freight belt sander (50$ on sale) makes one hell of a honing device. I call it “Ze Frankenstraup” here is my full sharpening video also featuring DMTs Dia-Sharp stones.

Let me know if you have any questions.


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Remember to keep your tools sharp, and your mind even sharper,

Rick Wood.Work.LIFE

-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper, www.Wood-Work-LIFE.com



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Ampeater

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 03:05 PM

The video is excellent. Very instructive. I wasn’t able to catch the brand name of the stones.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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WoodWorkLIFE

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 03:31 PM

Thanks! Those are DMT Dia-sharp stones, I like them because you don’t have to flatten them. Even if you are using water or oil stones, their coarse or extra coarse would be good to have around to flatten your stones with. Plus, they are made in the USA (love that.) I have tried oil stones, carbide stones, and cheaper diamond plates, these are my favorite so far. I have yet to venture into the ever-growing world of water stones though. I have heard great things.

-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper, www.Wood-Work-LIFE.com

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 04:01 PM

Nice process. During the stropping/polishing stage, do you overlay the various compounds atop each other, or, do you swap out the leather discs?

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#4 posted 02-09-2017 04:06 PM

I keep 3 different discs, one charged with each compound. I have one reserved to try diamond paste as well. The Blue compound barely touches the PMV11 steel on my Veritas chisels and plane irons, even for a polish.

-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper, www.Wood-Work-LIFE.com

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