LumberJocks

Waterstone insights?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Tedstor posted 06-25-2011 02:10 PM 758 views 1 time favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Tedstor's profile

Tedstor

1625 posts in 2093 days


06-25-2011 02:10 PM

So i have a bunch of new/new-to-me chisels which need to be flattened and sharpened. I found many of the chisels to have heavily concaved backs and need a lot of work to get flat. I was using 150 grit sandpaper, but it was taking too long and I was going through way too much sandpaper.
I decided to change gears and ordered a Norton 220 grit waterstone. I did a fair amount of research before buying, and was aware that the stone would need to be flattened on a frequent basis. Even so, most conventional wisdom feels the waterstone would work faster and better than the sandpaper.
Well, I have limited basis for comparison, but the waterstone does indeed work faster. BUT, this stone needs to be flattened way more often than I anticipated. It takes no time to turn the surface of the stone into a gouged-out wreck. I read that flattening on a 150-220 grit piece of sandpaper was effective. IMO, it is effective, but inefficient. I’m still going through a lot of sandpaper just to keep the stone flat. Saving sandpaper was a big part of my rationale for buying the stone.
So it seems a coarse diamond stone might be needed to keep the waterstone flat. Of course, thise begs the question:
Shouldn’t I have just bought a coarse diamond stone to begin with to flatten the chisels, and skipped the 220 grit waterstone?


0 replies so far

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com