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#1 posted 04-20-2007 11:47 AM

Hi Wayne – I started several years ago using Japanese water stones. I stopped using them partially because of the mess, but mostly because I seemed to spend more time flattening and conditioning them.

I have also used the scary system – in which I mounted various grits of cloth backed paper to a sheet of 1/4” plate glass using a spray adhesive. I abandoned this method for general iron and chisel sharpening. However, I still use it for dressing the soles of my planes.

For the past several years, I have been using the diamond stone sharpening, with a Veritas fixture to hold the irons and chisels. I work through the series of grits for both the primary angle and the secondary bevel (accomodated by the Veritas fixture). Once I have completed the series of grits, I use a modified scary system with 1500 grit wet/dry paper to polish both the front and back of the surface that I’m sharpening. This has worked great for me.

I made several fixtures – one to set the iron into the Veritas fixture (to set the correct angle) and another for holding my mortising chisels (to address the fact that the shafts on these chisels are not flat and don’t hold tight in the Veritas fixture). This assures that I hold the angle through all cuts and that the angle is exactly what I want.

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