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Posted on Who uses sandpaper on glass?

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#1 posted 05-21-2010 07:39 PM

Sand paper is alot cheaper than stones or grinders, and has been around so long that people have certainly gotten good at using it for sharpening. It works “fine”. But this is one of those things that requires definition; what is “sharp”, and how sharp is “sharp”. If you do chisels on sandpaper you can get a well working tool. If you sharpen one with a stone you will end up with a much sharper tool. You can get them hideously sharp with diamond plate type (I forget their real name, sorry) sharpeners. And if you are going to try to get them that sharp a guide would just make sense. At a sharpening seminar I went to they were making plane and chisel faces so smooth they were like chrome finishes. It was truly scary how sharp they were. I think it just matters as to how much you ask of your tool. Generally speaking, most people want their tools as sharp as they can get them; and as they develop the means of getting them sharper they are happier about it. I guess if I had the need to I would find a way to get me a fancier means of sharpening, but for now it’s off to the hardware store for more sandpaper.

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