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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 174 days ago 466 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HarveyDunn

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174 days ago

I’m planning on getting some of the Chris Pye/Norton Oilstones for sharpening wood carving gouges.
http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/dept/THO/item/NO-CHRISPYE.XX":http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/dept/THO/item/NO-CHRISPYE.XX

Pye’s recommended first step is a trip to a power grinder or sander – but I don’t have either, and don’t really want one, eith – no matter how cheap they might be. I’m wondering if I can find a stone even coarser than the “coarse India” to use instead. Can anyone suggest something?


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#1 posted 174 days ago

I have a stone that is india on one side and carborundum on the other. The carborundum is the coarser side.

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#2 posted 174 days ago

In Norton stones, that would be a coarse Crystolon (silicon carbide)

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#3 posted 174 days ago

Is a hand crank grinder ruled out too?

DMT makes an extra course stone that they call 120 mesh. Not sure exactly how it compares to 120 grit or other options, but it’s definitely pretty course.

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