I was at a wood show and there was a demonstration buy a vendor selling Norton Wet Stones. They has a kit of 4 stones, a flattening stone, and angle guide and a little jig for holding your chisel or plane iron all for about $100. He made it look so easy. I was sold. I got the stuff home and for some reason I was a little intimidated. Matts Basement Workshop did a video on sharpening so I watched it a couple times to pump myself up and off I went.
My chisels are some old and abused and cheap to start with hand me downs I got from my dad. They had never been sharpened once in their life. I spent a long long LOOOONG time working the backs of these rusted things. Eventually that mirror finish showed up. Yeah! Now for the scary part… The OTHER SIDE! So I tighten the chisel in my little jig and start working the big bevel. This went a lot faster. Yeah another mirror finish. I moved the chisel int he jig and did the little bevel, about 8 stokes in one direction on my 8000 grit stone and then I check for a burr. There was a burr. Wow things are getting exciting now. So I take the chisel out of the jig and rub the back on the 8000 grit a few times to take the burr off. Next comes the TEST! Wait for it. Wait for it….. Holy Cow did that thing ever shave the hair off of my ARM! I did two chisels that day (I only have two) and in the excitement of my success I shave much more of my arm than I should have.
So google Matts Basement Workshop, find his video on sharpening, do what he says, be happy with your new razor sharp chisel and it amazing effectiveness.
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