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#1 posted 10-28-2012 04:40 AM

To prep new chisels the first thing you have to do is flatten the back. Find a very flat surface (a lot of people use glass) and find a way to slap some sandpaper on it. Basically just sand the back up to increasingly fine grits until you get the back shiny and mark free (more or less).

Then you need to sharpen the bevel. I’d get one of the Eclipse style honing guides and some sandpaper. The Eclipse style guides are cheap and everywhere. When hone a new bevel I start with 400 or 600 grit. Then sand up to 2,000 grit. I prefer 3M’s wet or dry sandpaper for the higher grits.

You only need to flatten the back once and subsequent sharpenings of the bevel can start from 1,000 grit and honing the bevel will only take a couple of minutes.

Many people use water stones, oil stones, sand diamond stones for sharpening.

There are also power sharpening systems such as the Work Sharp and Tormek.

I think the most cost effective way to get started is to buy one of the kits from Rockler. They call it their “glass plate sharpening system.” Get the fine grit one. It has the glass, the honing guide, and some stick on sandpaper.


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