|Forum topic by jgerman||posted 07-02-2012 04:42 PM||1279 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
07-02-2012 04:42 PM
I’m just getting started woodworking as a serious hobby. I’ve dabbled before and own some tools but I just recently decided to put more focus into it.
I’m a pretty big fan of Chris Schwartz already, and I’m going for primarily hand tools to start. Specifically I want to practice dovetails. So I picked up a Bad Axe saw, some Lie Nielsen chisels, a marking knife from Blue Spruce, etc.
My problem is sharpening. There’s so much out there it’s hard to figure out where to start.
I have several of the Paul Sellers ‘Working Wood’ DVDs (and the book). He recommends diamond stones for sharpening. I liked what I saw because it was simple and straightforward.
I’m curious about the size of the stones that would be appropriate for sharpening chisels and plane blades. 8”x3” seems common, is that enough?
I also haven’t seemed to be able to find the exact grits that Paul recommends, though I suppose that’s not that important as long as they’re close.
Anyone that sharpens with diamond stones want to offer some advice?