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Posted on Flattening Water Stones.

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#1 posted 01-28-2018 05:26 AM

Depending on how bad the stone is I have done it two ways…if it’s not real bad, say .010” – .020” or so you can just use another stone {aluminum oxide}. It does not have to be a special “flattening” stone. Even an old razor hone {ebay} works very nice, especially to finish it. I have also used the Buck knives brand stone to put the final dress on water stones and it works fine. It also works well to keep it flat if used periodically. You should really be giving it a little dress up every time you use it to keep it good and flat.
If a stone is really bad and has a lot of wear, like more than .020” and up I put a finer belt {120 or finer} on my 6X48 belt sander and give it a kiss. i do this dry on the sander and it is easier if you lay the belt down so it’s horizontal and use a scrubbing motion back and forth across the belt while it’s running. Do not put a lot of pressure and go slow, it will get flat. Then take the razor hone to it with water and finish it. I have brought back several water stones from the dead this way and it is quick. This will no doubt make some hone “experts” cry like a fat baby, but I look at it this way…a worn out, dished out stone is no good like it is, so if you mess it up {pretty hard to do really} where’s the loss?

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