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#1 posted 01-28-2013 09:34 PM

Kevin asked, ”Do you use a honing jig? How long does a chisel take to sharpen?”
I do use an Empire type jig for paring chisels and plane irons. I build a homemade version of the Wolverine system to sharpen my lathe tools.

The key to speed is to not start with too fine of a grit.
I talked to one guy who had spent 8 hours trying to flatten the back of a chisel on 800 grit paper.
He could have started on 80 grit and worked his way through the grits in about 5 minutes.

Note, the grits on stones and paper and diamond plates are all different.

I normally touch up my edge on a hard felt wheel with green rouge (chrome oxide) in a couple of seconds for chisels. Plane irons take longer to get out of the plane and remount than to hone.

But beware, sharpening and honing are two different things. sharpening is what I do to a tool when I’m starting from scratch. Honing is the final polishing of the edge and is done frequently during use to keep it working smoothly. Or, at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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