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#1 posted 10-27-2018 01:49 AM

I’ve got no cash for stones but I’ve got a range of grits of sandpaper and gotten into a habit of taking pieces that weren’t cleaning wood as nicely and cycling them into my sharpening pile, I don’t even go through all of the “plate glass on wood, sprayed adhesive for full sheet sandpaper, angle guide” stuff, I’ve got a flat slab of igneous countertop (forget what I identified as being, it’s not the green pyroxenite stuff I was trying to knap though, as it’s almost solid black) and I just hold the paper across it with one hand and sharpen sideways across it, working through grits til I’m back to a shiny mirror polish after stropping.

Just gotta make sure to clean all the dust off your hands afterwards doing it this way, I rub them on a magnet I’ve got handy and then wash em down good. Using glass plates and adhesive backing would arguably be better but I never subscribed to the “x degree 1st microbevel, y degree 2nd microbevel, z degree main bevel, polished to 30,000 grit” school of thought, these aren’t straight razors, and I don’t shave anyways, why do I need a “hair-popping edge” on a woodworking tool?

-- One hand to hold the saw, one hand to guide it, one hand to brace the work and in the sawdust OW MY THUMB!

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