I am a newbie and just getting into woodworking. I've picked up some
planes and chisels, but have no experience in sharpening. Can
someone advise me on a good system for sharpening the above?
I appreciate the help.
Thanks Charles! Would you recommend some stores, sites where one
can get the supplies? I'm about 50 miles from the nearest Lowe's, and
I'm not sure if they carry the various kinds of sandpaper or if I
would need to order them.
What about Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Advance Auto, Car Quest, Pep Boys, Autozone,
etc.? Any better luck there?
I just got into Scary Sharp(tm) a bit back myself, and I learned that all
the grits really *do* matter. Skipping grits means a lot more work for
you, and it's worth the effort to get all the in-betweens.
You'll need yourself some glass or other flat substrate too. I didn't want
to pay for or move around anything large enough to hold all those grits in
one place, so I use a single piece of granite counter backstop, clamp my
paper to it, and swap paper for every grit change. It works out pretty
well, though it's a bit tedious switching paper that many times.
You *really* need some sort of fixture for holding the tool at the correct
angle too. If you don't want to build one, you should definitely buy one.
(I bought one because I never did come up with a shop version that worked
well enough to suit me.) Several exist, but many use the Veritas from Lee
Valley (sorry about the line wrap here):
I use it myself, and like it, though I've found it's not capable of holding
some of my shortest chisels at the correct angle, and it's very tricky to
use with narrow chisels without skewing them. I probably need to buy an
additional fixture of some sort to address these problems, but I can make
do without for now.
If you want to read "the book" on sharpening, this treatise is an excellent
volume, and should be in every wood wrecker's workshop library:
If you order anything from Lee Valley, be sure to request a catalog. They
ought to call it the "Wood Wreckers Wishbook." :)
For that matter, they probably have sandpaper in there somewhere.
Or, if you have gobs of cash laying around, you can pick up something like
I don't have one. It looks like a nifty gadget, but expensive. Its use
would inevitably involve removing the adhesive paper from the discs at some
point too, which is a PITA. Adhesive-backed paper, whether peel and stick,
or stuck with 3M 77, is more trouble than it's worth to me. I like my
clamp and swap system fine, though I do destroy the odd sheet by letting it
wrinkle up, or cutting through it.
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Thanks!! I just ordered the Veritas tool holder
you suggested along with some sand paper.
They did not have all the different grits that Scary
Sharp suggested, but it will get me started.
I appreciated the help.
On Sat, 20 Dec 2003 11:45:12 -0500, Silvan
I buy my stuff from Harbor Freight (they go up to 1200 grit) and an
auto paint store (call the auto body shops in town and see where they
buy their sandpaper from). If you don't have one of those, see if you
have a machinist shop in town. They also buy ultra fine sandpapers
but they're labeled in microns not grit so you'll need to convert.
Good luck, it works great by the way :)
Thanks! I guess I need to just post one "Thanks" to all.
I'm just learning about newsgroup correspondence also.
On 20 Dec 2003 11:22:53 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike in Idaho)
If you are willing to do your sharpening by hand (Chisles, Plane blades),
then a flat piece of glass and some sharpening grit and water will help.
Use this with a honing guide. I also use these with inexpensive water
stones of 2000, 4000, 8000 grit and works well. I got all this stuff at Lee
Vally earlier this year. I also purchased the DVD video, Sharpening
Woodworking Tools. This was an excellent purchase. After watching the
video I was able to go sharpen my chisels with excellent results. You dont
need all of the equipment you see in the video, but it is well worth the
pruchase. Hope this helps.
I slimmed my sharpening down to 2 waterstones, 1 blade holder ($10),
and a friable white wheel for my 6" grinder. Oh yeah, I also have a
4000 grit waterstone but rarely use it. The 800 & 1200 Deluxe stones
from Japan Woodworker do me right.
On Sat, 20 Dec 2003 17:52:48 GMT, "John"
Thanks. I hope to look into getting some water stones if
the sandpaper system does not sharpen as well as I
expect it to do.
On Sat, 20 Dec 2003 12:48:41 -0600, Lawrence A. Ramsey
I ordered the dvd, a Veritas holder and some
sandpaper, so hopefully I will be able to do some
sharpener before long.
Meryr Christmas to you and to Charles also, I hope
he reads this, forgot to say that in response to him.
On Sat, 20 Dec 2003 17:52:48 GMT, "John"
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