Sharpening Center #5: Consolidated Center

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 10-20-2016 04:34 PM 912 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally, I placed all of my sharpening equipment and sharpening stones onto this single mobile cart. This is my sharpening center. It consists of my Grizzly T100010ANV 10” Wet Grinder that I used my Tormek sharpening jigs that are mainly used to sharpen my turning chisels. When I started sharpening I used this flat granite stone with sandpaper with grits from 120 all the way to 2,000.

After taking a Woodcraft sharpening class taught by the store’s owner Ryan Balls two weeks ago, I now sharpen my bench plane blades and bench or hand chisels with sharpening stones.

I start with my Trend 300/1,000 grit diamond stone and the jump to my sexy Shapton 16,000 grit glass stone . It is positioned or held by my Shapton glass stone holder base. Its heavy compared to the weight of the glass stones.

You also see my DMT dia-Sharp diamond stone on my sharpening center. This stone is 8,000 grit.

The two spray bottles contain distilled water in one and Bora HoneRite Gold oil in the other. The HoneRite was recommended by Rob Cosman, a well known woodworking instructor.

In addition, I purchased some leather strops as well as I made one with leather I bought at my local Woodcraft store. I finish my sharpening process by honing the sharp edges on these strops.

What was the big key I learned from the sharpening class? If you do not feel the burr when sharpening you will not get a sharp edge. Obtaining a burr means you have ground the steel on the stone to a fine edge. Getting that fine edge with a burr on the opposite side of the bevel is the key to gettung a sharp cutting edge on your blade or chisel. It took this class for me to finally feel want kind if burr is needed. Rough stone grinding produces larger burrs. Fine and very fine grinding produces smaller and very fine and harder to sense burrs, but they still should be present.

-- --- Happy Howie

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