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#1 posted 10-27-2018 05:04 AM

I usually only grab the 60 or 100 grit with a brand new tool unless I ding an edge badly, skipping to the 150 > 220 > 320 > 400 > 600 > 800 >1200 > 1500 > 2000 > 2500 > 3000 so I spend more time getting the paper sorted and in place than I do actually stroking edges across it, but smaller steps make the paper last longer/made it easier for me to identify when I’m ready to move to the next grit.

I like to get several tools I’ve been using together and go through a cycle of tools per grit unless I just happen to notice one I need now is feeling/looking rough or I ping it against a nail/screw I didn’t notice somehow.

Biggest thing I noticed using paper is that I needed to stop sharpening in the cutting direction because it shreds it no matter what you do, while sideways strokes are controllable and much easier on whatever you’re sharpening with.

-- 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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