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#1 posted 12-30-2012 01:54 AM

I never throw away a sanding beltIF it is still in one piece. The more worn, the better i like them for sharpening. The coarser ones I’ll use for things like flattening a plane’s sole and sides. IF the irons are really bad, then they go on there as well. I use the honig guide to keep a consistant angle while on the sander. Then, when i move to the stones, I keep the guide in place.

Backs of irons and chisels: Also get the coarser grits, until they are flat, then I can start to polish the backs from there. it does no good to polish a back that is no flat.

Cambered irons: One of the easiest ways to camber an iron is on the beltsander. just take a circular track as you go from side to side, almost a figure eight. A cambered edge while result. By watching how big a figure eight you make, determines how much camber you make.

Anything else, Sir Mike?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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