|Forum topic by yourpaldan||posted 10-29-2015 03:32 AM||702 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
10-29-2015 03:32 AM
First posting, but been reading the forum for a while now.
I have 5 of them from Lee Valley and Bahco. Over the past month I’ve watched every video on how to prepare the edge and burr. I’ve methodically tried every technique, and I don’t understand the results I’m getting.
BUT… When I simply file the edge flat at 90 degrees, it only takes a few passes with some pressure, then I lighten the pressure… then it works beautifully! I’m consistently getting beautiful ribbons so thin they must be a single cell in thickness. It’s so much faster too! In about 3 minutes i can do the edges of all five scrapers, and then just go to town on my black walnut table top till either it’s perfect, or my thumbs get tired. The finish speaks for itself. No imperfections no matter how close you look!
Why is this happening? Am i missing something here? I’m ready to toss the burnisher in the garbage (metaphorically). My file is the kind with diagonal grooves in only one direction, nothing special. Anyone understand this? Why aren’t people in the videos teaching this technique?
I’m perplexed yet thrilled!