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11-18-2009 02:42 AM

Hey guys,

What grits of sandpaper should I use to sharpen my chisels and plane blades?

Also what angle should I give to each?



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#1 posted 11-18-2009 02:52 AM

I use automotive sandpaper – silicon carbide – when I use paper….which is rarely. I take it right up through 2000 grit for the lapped backs and the microbevel. Start coarse -100 grit or even coarser if it’s badly nicked or you’re just starting to lap.

As for the bevel angles, it depends on the types of chisels and plane blades. A basic firmer chisel would be good at around 25 degrees. Steeper for a mortising chisel – say 30, and shallower for a paring chisel – say 20. For plane blades there are any number of angles you could use depending on the type of plane and the type of work you’re doing. If you provide more detail you’ll likely get a lot fo feedack.

Good luck!


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#2 posted 11-18-2009 02:56 AM

It depends what method of sharping your useing on your chisels. If your using the scary sharp method it depends on how bad your chisels are also. In general you start at 100 then 120,150,180,220,320 and 400 This will get you pretty darn sharp but some people keep going on up 600,800.1000,1200 through 2000 grit. You just match the existing angle on your chisels.

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 02:57 AM

I have used everything from 600 to 1500 wet/dry. I always used it wet. I use a piece of glass as a base, perfectly flat.

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 04:06 AM

Check this link. This has more info about sharpening plane irons than I ever thought imaginable. I have several planes that I purchased that need sharpening and once I get my shop set up, that will be my first project.

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 06:33 AM

sorry dead link

thanks everyone I will really need all this information.


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#6 posted 11-18-2009 07:00 AM

hey on the link take out the word “out” or copy & paste this:

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 10:59 PM

Rockler also has a pre-packaged assortment of sharpening sandpaper you can order. I did, and I’m very happy with it. Like stevemc, I use a sheet of plate glass. I also have a piece of phenolic I use sometimes.

Here’s the Rockler link:

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 11:15 PM

when I used the scary sharp method I used 100-150-220-400-600-1500-2500

then, to touch up from time to time – the 1500-2500 is all thats needed until it’s time to resharpen.

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#9 posted 12-01-2009 12:38 AM

I’m hoping to get that Narex chisel set for Christmas – would you (anyone) start with the coarse stuff with those right out of the box, or are they set up well enough to get into the finer grits right away? And WOW is there a lot out here on sharpening. Mr. Beach is in a class all his own, but kudos to all.

- jw

-- happiness is a sharp plane iron

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