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Forum topic by Dagobah posted 01-16-2017 04:29 AM 853 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2017 04:29 AM

I was recently given my grandfather’s Stanley no. 5 and a few Narex chisels, along with some old beaters. I quickly realized that I need a way to sharpen these tools (and hopefully others) in the future. I’m new to sharpening, so I’m putting this together based on a couple hours of research. How’s this for a start?

-King Combination 250/1000 water stone (I already own this)
-Vertias Mk II Guide
-Shapton Ceramic 5000
-DMT W6XP Coarse (for flattening the Shapton & King)

A couple notes:
-I started off looking at the scary sharp method, but quickly realized it was going to get expensive
-My plan is to use the King 250 for rough stuff and the King 1000/Shapton 5000 for most of the maintenance work
-I like not having to soak the Shapton’s, but not sure it matters since I’ll be using it with the King
-Debated getting a Shapton 8000 as well, but hoping I can get away without it.
-Lots of DMT stones out there, but one in particular is both 220 grit and much cheaper than the bench stones. Not sure of the differences.

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#1 posted 01-16-2017 05:03 AM

It’s a good start.

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#2 posted 01-16-2017 06:44 AM

I just used a cheap-as-shit sharpening brick from home depot and restored a thrift store plane to “sharp enough” in about half an hour. Also my first time sharpening. I couldn’t tell you what angle I got it to or anything. It probably doesn’t have a microbevel. It looks like garbage. But it only took a bit of fiddling of the plane to be making nice shavings.

I’m sure you won’t get worse results with the stuff you listed. But maybe just give it a try with some sandpaper or a cheap sharpening stone first before dumping money on fancy toys.

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#3 posted 01-16-2017 10:40 AM

Edge Pro is the best to sharpening tool. You can try it

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#4 posted 01-16-2017 02:30 PM

I agree with Fridge that it’s a good start. I think you’ll find that adding one level that is even finer will be needed for best results, especially for paring chisels and smoothing planes. Doesn’t have to be another stone, a piece of leather glued to a board and loaded with honing compound makes a great and inexpensive strop for getting an edge where it needs to be.

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#5 posted 01-16-2017 03:11 PM

I agree with others. If you have to buy the 5000 stone, buy an 8000 instead. I use a 1k then 8k and it works great. The Veritas jig is nice too, (i have one) but you may consider adding a cheap honing guide as well so you can more easily camber your plane blade. Or else buy the camber roller for the veritas.


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#6 posted 01-16-2017 03:18 PM

IMO you need something higher than 5000.

I think for the money, the 4K/8K stone Norton sells is pretty good.

I think a strop is a good idea, too.

I recommend one like this jig with a view toward going freehand.

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