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#1 posted 12-25-2010 05:15 PM

I skipped the 1/4” plate glass and bought a $4.50 granite tile from HD for my “base plate.” I use 320 and 600 grit wet sandpaper (w/WD40) and a honing guide. to set the angle. Capilary action holds the paper in place. I then move to a Hard Arkansas oil stone (the black side) with the honing guide still in place.

I have less than $50 invested and all of my chisels and plane blades can be used for shaving. FWIW, you can spend several hundreds of $$$ on all kinds of alternatives if you have the excess money to burn, but you won’t get any sharper. Those who tell you otherwise WON”T tell you that as soon as you touch your newly sharpened blade to your latest project that that latest “super-duper scare your butt-cheeks off sharpening” that you just completed, will dull right back to a rather equitable “sharpness level” obtainable with nearly all other sharpening techniques. The steel will tell you just how sharp your blade/chisel will remain, NOT your sharpening technique. Just my 2-cents…

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