|Forum topic by FaTToaD||posted 02-23-2011 09:10 PM||2604 views||1 time favorited||10 replies|
02-23-2011 09:10 PM
I finally decided to get serious about sharpening my tools, particularly my chisels. Last night I cut a couple through mortises for a bench I’m making out of redwood and I realized that I needed a sharp chisel to clean up the edges. I have a set of chisels from the borg that I thought were sharp until I tried cutting through the end grain of 1.5” mortise. Anyways, I got out my sharpening station and my honing guide and went to work. After flatting the back and sharpening the bevel up to 2500 grit wet/dry sandpaper the chisel was really sharp. Sure made cleaning up that mortise a lot easier. I still have some questions I’m hoping you sharpening experts can help with.
1.) I know a lot of people put a micro bevel on their chisels and plane irons, I liked to try that put I have no way to reference the change in the angle. I thought about putting a business card or two underneath my honing guide wheel but I’m not sure if that’ll work. Is there any way to get a consistent micro bevel while using a cheap honing guide?
2.) Setting the correct bevel took a little trial and error, I placed it flat against my glass and then tightened my honing guide. I was off a little the first couple tries but I eventually got it. I know some fancier honing guides have a jig to reference the distance between the chisel or iron from the guide to give you the angle you want. I’ve also seen people make their own which is what I’d like to do, but is there any guides out there that explain the distance needed for different bevels? I have a minor in math so I know I can calculate it, but I’d rather not. After getting a degree in it, I now hate math…
Any help will be appreciated! Thanks.