|Review by gizmodyne||posted 01-02-2010 07:02 AM||2528 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
We bought this three months ago on sale at Woodcraft. They go for $32 U.S.
Purpose: A flat reference surface to lap your water stones upon. Water stones sharpen quickly but wear quickly too. Therefore they need to flattened frequently, especially if you are sharpening a thick iron. At 2” the surface plate is thick enough to avoid deflecting under pressure.
To use: Soak wet-dry sandpaper (I like 100 grit), press it down. Lap away. You can also sharpen tools directly on the sandpaper/ plate for a variant of the scary sharp method. I have used it to lap my planes along the diagonal as well.
Cons: It is heavy!
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