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Any woodworkers here?

Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:04 pm

Looking for suggestions from any woodworkers here for sharpening chisels (I have Irwin, Narex), plane irons (A2), etc.

What do you use? Waterstones? Guides or freehand? Strops, compounds?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Any woodworkers here?

Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:55 pm

I'm not a wood worker but sharpen a lot of chisels and other tools. The higher pressures and smaller grinding surface tend to wear stones quickly so Shapton or Naniwa Chosera tend to excel at sharpening such tools.

I do my sharpening freehand and will sometimes use a strop when necessary but most often I finish with just stones.

Re: Any woodworkers here?

Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:15 pm

I like Shaptons (1, 6, & 16k) for the woodshop. Agree with Jason's comment about the smaller grinding surface, but also, like the splash and go ability. I keep a small spray bottle of water and use a purpose built bench hook with a thick rubber drawer liner glued to it....stone rests on the drawer liner and does not move.....wood part of the bench hook has thick poly finish....hose it off when done. Also, the bottom of the bench hook that hooks on to the edge of the workbench is attached with 1 screw so that it will swivel allowing me to change the angle of the stone. This allows me to touch up a plane iron or chisel quickly.

Re: Any woodworkers here?

Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:54 pm

I use Shapton Pros to sharpen my chisels and strop on bare leather. I do it free hand.
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