learned how to sharpen my tools!

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Blog entry by westside posted 02-07-2010 11:12 PM 734 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This morning I went out to my local auto store and picked up some sandpaper in the 310-2000 grit range. I decided to practice on an old chisel i had for about 10 years that was dull and rusty. All i got to say was WOW!! Did that come out great. By the time I was finished I had a pretty good mirror finish on the back. I wish I had a 2500 grit paper to get an even better finish. Needless to say I was very impressed with it. It even passed the fingernail test.
I then decided to hone a blade on my new stanley low angle block plane I just bought. I skipped the courser paper and started with the 800 grit right up to the 2000 grit. that came out pretty good as well. In fact I used it on the cabinet I am currently building. Being new with using planes, it took a few tries to get it too work well. I finally figured it out.
I plan on honing the Chisels i bought a few weeks ago from Woodcraft. I still haven’t used them yet because I wanted to learn to sharpen them first. If it wasn’t for this great forum, I would never know how to sharpen them.

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 11:25 PM

Hey westside, Peachtree woodworking company has sanding/polishing discs that run from 1500 grit to 12000 grit in a pack for about $12.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 11:40 PM

Good job, I waited way too long to learn how to sharpen my tools.

Also try some sort of honing jig, like the Veritas, it helps keep everything straight.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 12:23 AM

sharpning is probably one of the important things we should do but one of the least things we do.

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 12:38 AM

Nothing like a sharpe tool to make life easier.

-- Custom furniture

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