|Forum topic by Tedstor||posted 06-12-2011 04:05 PM||1351 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
06-12-2011 04:05 PM
For the past couple years, I’ve been using a granite tile and sandpaper as my exclusive means of sharpening chisels and plane irons. I’ve never used any other method. It works great for honing and minor edge repair, which until recently was the bulk of my concern, but I’ve found that it sucks for grinding and flattening. You see, I’ve been buying a lot of hand tools lately. All have either been middle-of-road quality or vintage. That said, most need some love before they can be put into service. Using my method to flatten, fettle, and grind is taking too damn long and is creating a world-wide sandpaper shortage. So I’m considering a supplemental method for heavy work or possible abandoning the sandpaper method all -together if I like the new alternative method enough.
1- Buying a coarse diamond stone to flatten, fettle, and grind bevels. Then use the sandpaper for everything else. Any suggestions for a diamond stone/grit?? This idea is appealing because the diamond stone would be useful for flattening waterstones if I go that route in the future.
2- Buying a coarse waterstone. I’d probably just use the tile to flatten it for the time being. Would 800 grit be adequete? I assume an “800” grit WS is more effective than low-grit sandpaper??
Dark horse option below.