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Forum topic by jaydub posted 11-28-2009 07:11 PM 847 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2009 07:11 PM

I have a cheap sharpening stone (stanley, maybe?) that I bought a couple of years ago, and never really used. I’m starting/attempting to hand cut dovetails for some small projects, and have been reading up here on LJ about sharpening techniques for my equally cheap chisels. I’m hoping to pick up those Narex chisels over the holidays, and figured I better figure things out before I go too much farther. Forgive my ignorance, but does anyone know which side is which? I was hoping to see some real difference in the scratch pattern made by using one side, and then the other, but I don’t feel like I really saw one.

Stone is grey on one side and brown on the other, about 2” by 8”

Off to take pics of the shop to update my profile!

- jw

-- happiness is a sharp plane iron

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 08:16 PM

there are alot of things you can save money on.

stones and chisels are not one of them.

cheap stones can be used for garden equip. ie axe,lawn mower blade. mauls, shovel etc

cheap chisels are for demo work only. ie any job that has nails and material that will

damage your chisel.

for wood work need quality. you will not be able to get those chisels sharp
and if you do they wont cut. it has to be high quality high carbon steel
and you need good stones. opinons will vary (imo) the steel must at least be

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#2 posted 11-28-2009 08:25 PM

For chisel sharpening, I would recommend a Worksharp if it can be worked in the budget. There are lots of reviews on the site. One I did is below…

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#3 posted 11-28-2009 08:33 PM

That Worksharp is sweet, for sure. If/when I go for the nicer chisels, that will be a consideration.

-- happiness is a sharp plane iron

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#4 posted 11-28-2009 08:46 PM

For chisel you may want to also check this out. You can make every jig from scraps in the shop and a bit of hardware.

Chisel Sharpening

I know his plane iron system is pretty sweet, easy and cheap. I don;t know what the results are for the chisels.

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#5 posted 11-28-2009 10:29 PM

Right on! I read a bunch of this guy’s stuff on plane iron sharpening, but hadn’t seen the chisel stuff. Sounds like more fun to make your own – always fun to be able to use the scraps for something of value.

Thanks a bunch.

-- happiness is a sharp plane iron

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 09:14 PM

Ditto on the Worksharp. But I find times I just need to touch up an edge and I grab my Arkansas Ouachita Stone. I like my Ouachita as much as the diamond sharpeners. But you need to pay attention to the angle on the blade.

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