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Forum topic by Big Ben posted 06-26-2011 02:45 AM 1842 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Big Ben

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06-26-2011 02:45 AM

I just ordered Grizzly Wet Grinder . My question is will I need to still use my waters stones for plane irons and chisels?

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 02:57 AM

Unless you’re really into using the leather stropping wheel (and I’m not, if for no other reason than it’s sized differently than the grinding wheel so I can’t move my jig from side to side and hold the grind angle), you’ll need to follow up the wet grind with a nice honing. The great news is that with the hollow grind on your blades that the wheel leaves, you can hone freehand to as sharp as you’ll ever need in about one minute per blade. Just set the blade on the stone and lift it until it is resting on the front and back of your hollow grind, then pull toward you. Do this about five or ten times and you’ll have a dandy edge.

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 03:11 AM

I just use mine for shaping and setting initial bevel. I finish up on finer stones or sandpaper. I do go back to the strop wheel after sharpening. The strop would work but it takes too much time to get the scratches out and tends to dub it over if I go from the wet stone to the strop. Maybe if I used a coarser grit on the strop it would be better.

You are really going to enjoy it. Takes a lot of the tedium out of sharpening. If there is a lot of shaping to do, I start out on my belt sander, then the wet wheel, a bit of quick lapping with really fine grit and then a touch on the strop.

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#3 posted 06-26-2011 03:18 AM

David is right, by the way—you’ll really enjoy it!

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#4 posted 06-26-2011 03:35 AM

I agree with the above posts. I use mine to smooth out the bevel, get rid of nicks, and ready to hone. Then go to a diamond plate or wet stone. By the way, the leather wheel is great for quick touch ups between sharpenings.

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#5 posted 06-26-2011 06:40 PM

I have 1000 grit, 4000 grit and 8000 grit water stones, would I need to go through each one?

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#6 posted 06-26-2011 06:49 PM

Yea after you come off the grinder you want to go to the 1000 only a couple of strokes though then to the 4000 but change your degree like if your at 25 deg. go to something like 30 or 31 for chisels not that high for plane blades though then finish off at the same deg. on the 8000.

This is a very slippery slope cuz everyone will have something different and it’s what works for them so it might not work for you. IMO do a lot of reading on the subject and come up with something that works for you and is consistent every time you use it also if you can get something together that goes quick more power to ya. All I can say is you will have to use the stones after you come off the grinder.

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#7 posted 06-26-2011 07:21 PM

I don’t change the angle as I go through the stones, but I do use all of the grits you mentioned. And bigike is right—even without changing the angle, it only takes a few swipes on each stone.

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