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#1 posted 09-04-2015 11:44 AM

I agree with others re: you should go well past 1000, but how far?

What works for me:
I go up to 8000. I don’t see the need for 16000 or 32000.
For touch ups I start at 1250 diamond stone.
I’ve found stropping is an unnecessary extra step.
Back to work in less than 3 minutes.

Keep in mind it also depends on what kind of wood you’re planing and your blade angle.
Low angle = more frequent sharpening.

Many people do the Charlesworth back angle but forget if not careful of degrees you can increase planing effort.
I only do that on blades I’m using for wild grain.

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