I want to get a sharpening stone to bring the edge back on my carbide tipped
turning tools. But I would like to be able to use it for other sharpening tasks
as well, like chisels and planes and knives. I don't want to go broke here.
Anyway it seems I probably need 2, a course and a fine. I was hoping to find
somebody who made a dual sided block, but I guess not. Who would you all
recommend that is the best bang for the buck?
Hoo boy, did you open a can of worms. There's oil stones, water stones ,
ceramic stones, diamond stones, ad infinitum. At least the oil stones
and water stones come in man made and natural. And then there's
ScarySharp, narrow belt sanders, ...
But I don't know why you're having trouble finding a coarse/fine
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If you'd rather not buy online, I know Woodcraft carries combination
stones and I suspect the borgs do as well.
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
DMT makes a line called "mini hones" that are high grade industrial
diamond strips mounted on a small piece of plastic. They are great,
and about $6 - $8 a piece if you buy a set. They are great for
touching up router bits a couple of times.
I also used mine a lot when I was turning more to cut a fresh edge on
my lathe tools. I don't have carbide faced tools, but have a few
harder powdered steels steels like 2030 (much the equivalent of the
old SV60) and several in an ultra hard M2. I bought mine in a three
tool set for less than $20, and that has been all I have ever needed.
When I made of couple of hollowers, I used M2 laced with cobalt
instead of carbide. M2/cobalt is easier to sharpen (easy on a soft,
frangible wheel) and more readily available.
You will be surprised all the uses you will find for that little
sharpening set. I bought mine at Woodcraft, but they have them all
over the place.
Jim, I got this set for the truck: http://goo.gl/paUU3 to hone in the
field. They're abot the same size as the set you listed but with a
continuous diamond surface.
In the shop, I have EZElap 600 and DMT 600 honing plates, both 2x6".
http://goo.gl/nelSa I can sharpen wider-than-2" blades on them. I
recommend the 6" size or larger. They last forever and are less
expensive and _considerably_ less hassle than truckloads of
waterstones. Add some higher grit wet-or-dry paper and a strop for
finishing. I like Lee Valley's green crayons for the strop.
http://goo.gl/H5Zon Hayseuss Farkin' Crisco, lookee de price!
<thud> Well, it's a lifetime worth of stick.
Diamonds are a sharpener's best friend. Just do it.
1- Grinder, 1" belt sander w/ 120 grit Zirconia belt, or sanding
paddle wheel on angle grinder will take care of jagged ends.
2- DMT (my preferred mfgr) 600 grit plate to shape and sharpen.
3- Finer papers on a flat surface (mdf, surface plate, countertop) for
4- Strop and compound for polishing.
This will net you an inexpensive but very good system of sharpening
for all your edges, from pocket knife to kitchen to shop to yard.
Whoooooe! I gare-on-TEE it!
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering WTF happened.
I use something like this for touching up carbide, I like having the
handle but it may make no real difference:
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When I sharpen my chisels I want a lot more room to work with. I want
my chisels to be much sharper than I can get from a DMT diamond stone,
and for that I need to be able to flatten the back and have it honed
to a very fine surface (mirror polish) and then grind the bevel and
sharpen the very edge of the bevel to a similarly fine level.
An inexpensive way to get started in that is to use the "scary sharp"
system, which uses sandpaper or similar abrasives, with sheet of flat
glass and a honing guide. But over the long haul I have switched to a
grinder and waterstones because sandpaper quickly wears out.
You will need a diamond stone to effectively sharpen carbide. DMT is a well
known good quality brand but for occasional use there are many others
available by searching Amazon that are cheaper and even HF has a few that
Better to be stuck up in a tree than tied to one.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
I think you're SOL.
Nothing short of diamond is going to work on carbide. A diamond
plate or slip will wear out (I guess the diamond get crushed.) so
you probably do not want to waste it on anything but carbide.
For steel there are numerous choices. The cheapest is scary sharp
(google it) which works as well as anything else. The most compact
setup that works fast and produces as fine an edge as scary sharp
would probably be a couple or three waterstones.
Other stones work too, depending on just how keen you want the edge.
For about 15 bucks you can buy a set of EZ Lap brand diamond
sharpeners in a pouch like a pocket protector called an L-PAK, plastic
handles diamond surface of about 5/8 x 1.5 ". 3 pieces 1200,600,400
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