My preferred waterstones' flattening method

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by ChuckM posted 04-10-2012 10:22 PM 1569 views 2 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View ChuckM's profile


601 posts in 3574 days

04-10-2012 10:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: waterstones flattening

I have tried the Lee Valley lapping system (,43072,43071 ) and also used diamond stones or wet-dry sanding papers to fatten my waterstones and they all worked reasonably well.

But my standard flattening system is now the use of a 3/8” to 1/2” thick glass and drywall sand screens ( for example). I use 150 grit or 220 grit screens unless I have a deep gouge to flatten.

I prefer this method because:

a) It’s faster and cheaper than wet-dry sandpapers (cleaning up the screens for reuse is easy).

b) It’s less messy than using the silicon carbide.

Try it and you’ll like it.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

3 replies so far

View ShipWreck's profile


557 posts in 3660 days

#1 posted 04-10-2012 10:48 PM

Chuck….. I had a good chuckle when I saw this post. My wife and I have probably 2000 drywall screens stored in a couple of bins and I would have never given it a thought. She has been a finisher for the past 25 years.

Thanks pards…..... I’ll give it a shot!

View Goodsh's profile


75 posts in 1827 days

#2 posted 07-06-2013 02:51 AM

Chuck, I just gave this a try and it worked great! Way better and easier than sandpaper. And cheaper. Thanks for the idea!!

View Tugboater78's profile


2729 posts in 2099 days

#3 posted 07-06-2013 03:19 AM

That’s a great idea!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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