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04-20-2011 10:22 PM

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I am about to buy water stones from grizzly and am wondering what grits to buy. I already have cheap 200 to 600 grit diamond whetstones. I’m thinking of getting 1000 and 6000. Tell me your advice so I don’t make any mistakes

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#1 posted 04-20-2011 10:47 PM

Get a 1000 or 1200. That’s the most useful grit.

You can do very good work with a 1200 as your fine stone. Not a
lot of woodworkers realize that. I know because I have a Makita
wet grinder with a 1000 grit stone on it and when I’m in a hurry
I just do chisels and plane irons on that with no finishing on a finer
stone. I don’t notice a huge difference in the quality of cut
for most work.

If you want to go finer, the finer stones are both more expensive
and cut slower, because they are harder. 4000 can get your edges
very, very sharp. There is a skill factor to it – once you get the
technique down you’ll get sharper edges faster and more consistently.

It’s kind of fun to go to 8000 but not all that necessary.

Get a nagura stone too. It is used for removing glazing.

There are some newer stones on the market that don’t need soaking.
I haven’t tried them.

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#2 posted 04-20-2011 10:54 PM

Will 1200 grit to sharpen planes irons to get a real thin shaving?

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#3 posted 04-20-2011 10:56 PM

Yeah, it’s fine for a lot of work with hand planes.

Get a 4000 or 6000 too by all means but the 1000-1200
grit stone is the most versatile.

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 08:16 PM

Loren is right,

Going to 8000 is for bragging purposes or a straight edge razor. Get a 1000 or 12000 and 4000 and 6000 as loren suggests. Most irons will perform well at 4000 and superb at 6000, but wont hold an 8000 past two strokes on the wood. Its so easy to get an from 4000 to 6000 edge that its worth the ten seconds. Get a 1000 and also a 4000/6000 combo and you should be all set.

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