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#1 posted 09-03-2015 02:23 PM

First of all let me thank you for your feedback.

Before buying the 250/1000 grid stone I was using the sandpaper system. It did give me a sharp edge but evenly got tired of replacing new strips on my glass and also had to remove the glue before applying new ones. Also the sandpaper is expensive in the long run. The highest grid I can get hold of is 2500 grid. Hard to find grid higher than that in our market here in South Africa. So that why I bought the waterstone.

@Gregor —I am a firm believer using wax when handplaning. It does make the job easier but using the waterstone I have does not feel any difference weather I use wax or not.

@ Derek —The rosewood I bought from the mill where I always go is rough sawn. I normally plane first with a scrub plane and would continue with other plane to flatten and smooth out the surface. The “new system” I am trying with the waterstone just seeming harder to push the plane even across the grain. Often slip and ski. So as you mention I will buy the higher grid stone. I google and see some nice diamond stone. I am willing to buy the higher grid stones but not sure which one to buy the waterstone or the diamond stone/plate. I just visit your website and found lots of interesting things there. Nice stuff you making! So I read all about your sharpening techniques. But the more I read about sharpening the more I get lost. I just don’t want to go back to the sandpaper thing :-)

-- leslie john

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