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Posted on Who uses sandpaper on glass?

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#1 posted 05-21-2010 06:26 PM


when I started out, I only had sandpapers to create the bevel, sharpen it and hone it. so I was solely relying on the Veritas MKII honing guide for the entire process of creating the 25 degree bevel, then hone it. since I was sharpening on sandpaper, it meant that I had a straight grind, and it was easy for me to lose the proper angle on the bevel – the honing guide helped A LOT.

ever since I got a slow grinder (or any grinder for that matter) I am now forming a hollow ground bevel which makes it very easy to continue honing the bevel without a need of a guide, and can be done freehand. I have not used my honing guide ever since.

EDIT: and no – there is no difference between sharpening a chisel or a plane iron – except for the angle (depending on the application you are setting your plane for)

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