Waterstones, 85% (plane edge), 80% (chisel). After ~20 edge tools, and
several of them multiple times due to use (and others multiple times
because they were new and the edge was a bit crumbly before getting down
to the good stuff) I can keep the blade at a fairly steady angle while
freehanding on the stone. Sharpening chisels gets a lower score because
I haven't figure out a way to get the microbevel consistent wrt to the
main bevel, every time.
I figure the last 10% or so might take me a few years... unless I stop
responding to goofy threads. There oughta be a way to do it while
getting uniform wear on the stone.
I'm getting pretty damn good with the bench brush... (now that I put magnets on
the damn thing to prevent all those screws being brushed up)
I can still ruin stuff easily on the belt sander but I feel pretty good about my
use of the 1/4 sheet palm sander...
I mention it because sometimes when I pick it up to use it, it feels like an old
friend... or maybe an old, comfortable shoe....
I pretty good on the drill press too, does that count??
There's that anecdote about Toshio Odate - there was the usual milling
about before the seminar started. He walked in quietly without saying
a word and started laying out and cutting a complex joint. Finished
it, snapped it together and the crowd, which had grown quiet as he
started working, stood in awe. No explanations or descriptions
necessary - do what THIS guy does! Or at least try to.
That's an entirely different ballgame than the taped stuff you see on
the tube, where they film it until they get it right, or leave out the
"oops!" When you see Frank Klausz's videos, you _know_ he gets it
right on the first shot, then the film crew sheepishly asks him to do
it again as he went too fast to capture it on tape, so he does. No
performance anxiety there.
I always have 100% confidence at the outset, which decreases the more I
think about it, then increases as the project turns out well.
Sometimes the task at hand doesn't cooperate, but that's the task's
fault and I don't let it affect my confidence! I try not to let my
thinking get in the way of my mind. ;)
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