|Project by ChuckM||posted 05-27-2013 11:10 PM||3255 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
To try out Paul Sellers’ sharpening technique, I cut a scrap MDF and glued a leather to it. A block was screwed to it for use with the vise.
Paul’s freehand approach produces a convex bevel on the blade but its edge so honed is as sharp as any edge that you can get with a jig. Could you tell which endgrain shaving and which paper slit were cut with a chisel sharpened using Paul’s method?
Paul’s edge (1/2” chisel):
- The first shaving pic
- Red arrowed slit
The 1” chisel was sharpened using the traditional approach.
This was the first time I used his method and it took me less than 2 minutes to hone the edge from start to finish. What you need if you want to try his approach:
Diamond stones: 220x – 10 sec, 600x or 800x – 10 sec, 1200x – 10 sec, AND leather strop (20 pull strokes and more)
Time & # of strokes are approx.
I would still my use my favorite Veritas MKII honing jig for honing plane blades and some of the chisels, but for general chisels, this will be my go-to approach.
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