|Review by johnjoiner||posted 04-01-2008 05:12 AM||4755 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I had been using sandpaper on a test plate to flatten my water stones. I found myself avoiding flattening the stones because of the time to set up and the mess. So I bought the Norton flattening stone. The price was right, $27 after a 10% off at Rockler.
I almost didn’t check it. After all the instructions say, “engineered for superb flatness.” But before I gave the flattening stone it’s maiden voyage I slapped the straight edge onto it. Not even close. The flattening stone had a nice proud belly right in the middle. The first photo is how I flattened it. That took about 10 minutes. The second photo is after I flattened my Norton combo 4000/8000 stone. It made quick work of it.
I docked a star for the lame instructions and mediocre case. I know you’re thinking, “what instructions do you need for a flattening stone?” But it did come with instructions, but they didn’t answer any of the questions I was wondering about, such as wet or dry? (I used it wet.) Or, how careful I should be about keeping the slurry from flattening off my fine stones? (The slurry off the flattening stones felt very coarse, so I washed off my 4000/8000 pretty well when I was done.) Not a big deal. The flattening stone comes in a clear plastic case, but it doesn’t have rubber feet on it, so you can’t keep it in the case while using it.
I’m glad I bought this flattening stone. But I was disappointed that it wasn’t ready to go out of the box.