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#1 posted 11-20-2016 10:04 PM

Instead of wasting your stones on that. Get some 180 (or 150/120 or so) grit 3×21 belt sander belts from the local big box store, some spray adhesive and a real flat surface. Slice the belt at the seam ( and cut it in half lengthwise) and glue the belt to the flat surface.
Then flatten the back of the chisel. I use simple green ass the lubricant, ymmv.
Then go to the stones.
This also works well for rehabbing old tools, repairing really damaged cutting surfaces/edges and regrinding bevels when needed.
It is cheap and saves your stones for the fine work.
I use this myself and recommend it for my sharpening class as well as general sharpening advice, especially in tool restoration.
And like the others said, you are trying to flatten to much of the back. 1” to 1 1/2” is plenty.

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