Figure 8's and Oval is the method I was taught and used all these years.
Figure 8's seem to give the best results, however they do tend to wear a
hollow in the centre of stone over time. Life is series of compromises ;)
On 6 Feb 2007 19:12:31 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Figure 8's are just dandy. Some guys will claim that that pulls the
burr under and knocks it off so lapping the back isn't as important,
but I couldn't say if that is true or not. Whatever works for you.
Check out this site.
Once you have your technique down, it is really a lot faster to
sharpen without a jig. Tried this once without too much success, but
came back to it when I bought a set of Norton waterstones that
included a DVD on sharpening. Would never have bought the DVD by
itself, but watched it for kicks. It was Joel Moskowitz (proprietor of
tools for working wood) demonstrating the method described in this
For this to work, you have to have a well-defined primary bevel.
Krenov suggests a small-diameter, slow grinding wheel. If I had a
Tormek, I would use that. I have had luck with establishing that
primary bevel on a 220 grit water stone, using a jig. (have also done
it using the hand method described here, but that 220 grit is tough on
the finger tips.)
I like water stones for their faster cutting, but you are right--a
good washita or India stone followed by a hard Arkansas should do at
least as well.
Alex -- Replace "nospam" with "mail" to reply by email. Checked infrequently.
RE the "old guys," I have to assume that you are not talking about me
here... though I did write of using the old methods recently. ;~)
My boys are learning this. I will not let them use my big stationary power
tools (or the handheld power tools for that matter) but they regularly use
my L-N saws and planes and other good quality and well tuned handtools. When
it's done I'll post some photos of my 9 year old son making his Pine Wood
Derby car for next Saturday's race. It's pretty unique in that it is
veneered with curly maple and walnut and all the work was done with hand
planes and hand saws... He'll make some additional parts on the scroll saw
Thursday and Friday. He's no stranger to any of these tools.
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