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New tools what to do before using?

by them700project
posted 01-20-2017 09:17 PM


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jmartel

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#1 posted 01-20-2017 09:25 PM

The plane blades and chisels are normally honed first, but they should be already sharpened decently from the factory. Should only need a higher grit stone to start with.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 01-20-2017 09:40 PM

Saws will be ready to go out of the box, planes and chisels should be honed before use. As jmartel said, a high grit stone and/or strop is probably all that’s needed to get started. If you keep them sharp with periodic touch-ups and don’t get nicks, then that will be enough for quite a bit of use.

My planes and chisels rarely hit anything other than my finest stone (a Super-Fine EZ Lap Diamond Plate) and a strop.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#3 posted 01-20-2017 10:22 PM

will a dmt duosharp extra fine be ok to start? or start with aluminum oxide films?

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#4 posted 01-20-2017 10:27 PM

for not much experience you started out strong! good tools, sir

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#5 posted 01-20-2017 10:28 PM

The Duosharp extra-fine is very similar in grit to my EZ Lap, so will be fine. I’d just do a few passes on that, check to make sure that everything is looking good and then proceed up to a higher grit to finish. I don’t consider the 1200 grit diamond plates to be quite fine enough for a truly sharp edge. I like to follow up with a strop, others use diamond film or a very high grit waterstone. All work just fine.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#6 posted 01-20-2017 10:29 PM

I figured it would save me money in the long run. Theoretically anyways

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#7 posted 01-20-2017 10:29 PM

Thanks for the help guys

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#8 posted 01-20-2017 10:30 PM



I figured it would save me money in the long run. Theoretically anyways

- them700project

That’s good thinking. Buy well and buy once is usually the best plan in the long term.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#9 posted 01-20-2017 10:57 PM

For honing you really want something like a 6000 grit water stone or finer. I finish up on a 13000 grit stone, typically.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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them700project

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#10 posted 01-20-2017 11:03 PM

I have 4 duosharps, films down to .3 micron and a strop. Im going to play around tomorrow. I grabbed a cheep chisel to start with

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#11 posted 01-20-2017 11:40 PM

The 0.3 micron film will likely do better than the strop. Be careful not to cut into it, though. I stuck mine to MDF but wish I had gone with float glass or granite.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#12 posted 01-21-2017 12:08 AM

You’re wise to purchase quality, congrats!

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#13 posted 01-21-2017 12:33 AM



You re wise to purchase quality, congrats!

- waho6o9

Exactly. If you were asking about how to set up your Buck Bros. chisels and planes, it would be a much different story.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#14 posted 01-24-2017 05:37 PM

I use duosharps up to 25um, then use mylar film in 30, 12, 3, and 0.3um using microbevels to reduce time. Here’s a description. The film on glass is flatter than the stones and doesn’t need dressed/flattened. I go this fine for a smoothing plane blade. Blades for other uses don’t need quite the polish. A jack plane blade could probable stop at 25um (used for rough jack plane work).

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