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How do you sharpen them? I have a Stanley #6, and the blade will just fit on my Shapton pro stones. I was leaning toward a LN #8 when the bonus checks come next year, but I think the blade would be too wide for my stones. I could probably get around it sharpening one side, then the other, then the center with my eclipse jig, but I would like to know how you guys do it that have one.



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#1 posted 110 days ago

Hi Scott,I use the side sharpening technique ,and shapton stones,I don’t know why woodworkers don’t talk about it but it’s got to be the easiest free hand way out there.Harrelson stanley has some a good video he also sells a jig called the sharp skate.If you are here in Ca.Your welcome to come buy and I can show you how once you see it done in person you’ll be well on your way.

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#2 posted 110 days ago


-- 2+2 is 9

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#3 posted 110 days ago

I use sandpaper with the Veriats Jig never used a stone been wanting to try, but someone makes a 3in stone Im sure, good luck have a good day

-- 2+2 is 9

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#4 posted 110 days ago

I get 8000 grit sandpaper from Japan it works very well I get that scary Sharp thingy, then I cut against the grain without tearout

-- 2+2 is 9

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-- 2+2 is 9

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#6 posted 109 days ago

Just skew it so all of the edge is on the stone and sharpen it freehand. All you need is a respectable edge on a jointer iron, since you do all your finishing with a smoother. The time you put in getting the ultimate edge is better spent on the smoother.

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#7 posted 109 days ago

Both the Bester-Imanishi and Sigma stones are wider than the #8 blade. Sigma is 3 inch wide, B-I just a little under. For that matter, I think the Nortons are wide enough, though I don’t use those. The only stones that I have had a problem with was the King stones I started with.

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#8 posted 109 days ago

Not a #8, but I sharpen my wide woodie jointer blade like this:

- establish the primary bevel using 220 sandpaper on granite.
- hone a secondary bevel, using 1000 waterstone first, then a 6000….the stones are not wide enough, bit I just skew them… It doesn’t take many strokes to do on each grit, maybe 15-30 secs on each grit til I feel a burr.
- I see no need to take the primary bevel beyond the 220 grit, since it never touches the wood.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#9 posted 109 days ago

I use Sigma presently, but used to use Nortons and they are wide enough for a #8 iron.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 108 days ago

I use an old hard stone and just skew it sideways.

I use a 8” grinder to hollow grind, then hit the edge with the stone.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#11 posted 108 days ago

Unless you anticipate needing to sharpen the blade frequently I advocate the ‘scary’ sharpening method. The sandpaper can be expensive in the long run but obtaining the correct number/size of sharpening stones is steep in the short.

Just my two cents…

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#12 posted 108 days ago

I usually alternate half blade on half off and do even number of strokes. works for me.

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#13 posted 108 days ago

8 blade fits on Shapton pros.

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#14 posted 108 days ago

3” wide DMTs.

-- John, BC, Canada

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