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Posted on which diamond stones for chisels and hand planes blades

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#1 posted 10-27-2018 01:43 AM

Axminster is a UK store, and while they ship to the US, with places like Rockler, Woodcraft, local shops, and Amazon, the deals may or may not be worth the hassle of international buying. With that said, I have bought many dollars worth of stuff from the UK for other hobbies, and have not ran into any problems.

Understand that I am new to hand tool woodworking too, this is just based on what I have found in my own research along the same lines as what you are facing. Im sure the experienced guys will chime in and correct my errors soon!

1. Pick a method and stay with it. Dont skip around or you will spend a ton of $$ chasing the same edge.
2. Many seem to agree that 1000grit on diamond and a polish is all you need in most cases. Not that they wont go for a more fine edge, but many dont push past that:

Paul Sellers goes to 1000 or 1200 on a diamond plate, then on to leather strop with compound.
Stumpy Nubs has a video on the Worksharp3000, and they do glass/sandpaper then MDF with compound.
Rob Crosman’s “minimalist” kit is a 300/1000 diamond stone then a water stone to “polish”, which would be similar to the others with compound.

Matt Estlea is, of course, similar.

Lots of other methods, and many like the Tormek, and other options.

I decided to start basic with an EZE Lap (from Paul Sellers list of good stones) and then recently grabbed a Woodcraft 400/1200 combo diamond stone for $40 for wider blades/irons, with the anticipation of going to a jig/block set up like Paul Sellers uses with 3 diamond plates across for a while. Ultra sharp, I believe, has the set of stones for about $140 on Amazon, seems like DMT will probably run around $180-200, but there are some negative reviews on some of their affordable diamond stones.

I may eventually go to soemthing like the worksharp in the future, but thus far with the diamond stones in the 1000 to 1200 range, followed by a strop and compound, I am able to make some pretty nice shavings on boards as I am learning to plane properly.

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