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Don W

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#1 posted 477 days ago

Well here is one more recommendation for DMT’s all the way. I hated water stones. They are a hassle, especially if your shop is not heated. Not that they don’t do a decent job, any kind of quality stone will, but the DMT are almost maintenance free.

I’ve heard guys say the DMT’s don’t do as good of a job as oil or water stones. I’ve done my own testing, and can’t see any difference in final. I’ve also tested stoping after my 3 micron dmt and can’t see any difference. I still use the strop to cut the burr, and touch up once in a while.

This is dmt all the way, a restored Stanley, original blade.

I also agree with holding off on the new blade. A properly tuned Stanley blade will typically work just fine. You also won’t be disappointed in your choice of the #5, or going vintage.

Good luck in your quest.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)


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