Sharpening for beginner #1: Beginning Sharpening

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Blog entry by nobbielab posted 12-28-2015 12:32 PM 970 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I am new to wood working and would like advise on what whetstones I should have Also what king of flattening stone I would need. I plan to sharpen chisels and plane blades.

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#1 posted 12-28-2015 03:12 PM

Hi Nobbie,

I”m a beginner as well, and I’ve been looking at sharpening stones too. I do have a combination Arkansas whetstone and a $20 jig for sharpening my chisels. The stone is not wide enough for the new No.4 plane that Santa brought, so I’m interested in seeing what other jock’s chime in with. I’ve also tried the “scary sharp” method using a granite tile and various grit wet/dry sandpaper. I took my chisels to 6000 git and they are like mirrors and I can shave with them.

When I bought the stone, the guy at Woodcraft recommended it since they don’t wear as fast as a water stone. Not sure I believe that now.

There is a lot of information on scary sharp, and this may be an option for you while you look for a permanent solution. I would also suggest you check out the reviews here on LJs, there are lots of stones out there.

Right now, I’m looking at a “starter” set of water stones from Norton for ~$140. It comes with 4 different grit stones and a flatening stone. It looks like a good middle of the road system to get me up and running.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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