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09-16-2013 04:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening water stones

I’m wondering about what others do for clean-up after sharpening, Specifically those who use waterstones.

1. When needed, Do you flatten flatten the stone immediately after sharpening…while the stone is wet, or do you wait until the stone is dry…perhaps just BEFORE a sharpening? Is one way better than another?

2. How do you clean the slurry off of the stone afterwards, just dip it in water, or run it under water, wipe it with a rag? Or just throw it back into a container of water for storage…water that gets progressivly dirtier until you change it?

Thanks in advance!

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 08:35 PM

Here’s what I do:

1) I flatten the stone just before use.

2) I have 2 containers of water, one with the stones, the other for rinsing (so the mud doesn’t go down the drain). I rub the stone with my hand, in the rinse container to remove the slurry. Before I put the stone back in the stone container.

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#2 posted 09-17-2013 02:01 AM

I clean/flatten my stones immediately after use. It just seems easier that way. I flatten on an Atoma 400 plate and rinse the slurry off by dipping the stones in the tub I soak them in. I keep each stone in a separate tub so the slurry doesn’t contaminate the higher grits.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 02:03 AM

I rinse them off in the sink then flatten them after a sharpening session.

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 02:49 AM

I use two detergent buckets, one with clean water to store the stones

and the other to sharpen chisels, and irons, etc. The second bucket

has a recirculating pump and it removes the slurry as I work the chisels.

Here’s a block plane blade on top of a Nagura stone with my 8000 stone.

I flatten before, after and during a sharpening session. Flat is cool.

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#5 posted 09-17-2013 03:07 AM

Hey Dave,

How is Colonie, NY, I left Albany in 1986, I used to run my Blazer all over that desert. I went through about 9 yrs ago and boy has it changed.

I was working on the original Colonie Mall when it first started. Is the Crandberry Bogg Rest. still there, and how about the old man and his bicycle shop right on the corner of Wolf Rd. and can’t remember the side street.

I lived on one of the last streets in Albany before it turned into Guilderland, just for a reference point.

Beautiful country Albany County, I miss the 4 seasons, but don’t miss the day after it snows, especially the ice and sluch, and the damn plows filling back your driveway after you just cleaned it out.

Take care, just an old man remembering the good old days. Sorry can’t help with the water stones, I do it dry.


-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#6 posted 09-17-2013 03:17 AM

Flatten after use, rinse, place in storage container with a splash of bleach to prevent creepy crawlers from growing in water.

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 04:59 PM

Hey Mark,

The Bog is gone and so is the bike shop that was on the corner of Wolf Rd. and Sand Creek Rd. Its not even close to the same town it was back in ‘86. Interesting about the bike shop. A developer wanted the land to open a small strip mall with a large chain supermarket. The bike shop guy held out until they made him a multi-millionaire. Took about 4 years. There is actually a CVS where the shop was. I live down near Colonie Center. Do you remember Ralph’s Tavern? I live around the corner from it.


-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#8 posted 09-18-2013 06:27 PM

Gotta admit. No offense to all the stone sharpening advise, but the most interesting part of this thread was the two guys reminiscing about their old home towns. Pretty cool… Personally, I left NE Pennsylvania and the snow in 1997 and have not looked back since.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 05:57 AM

Just got back on the computer Dave, yes I do remember Ralph’s, and the story about the old guy with the bike shop, and a good chunk of land right on the corner. I heard, he had 3 boys who were driving him crazy to sell to get all that money. He was holding out for years when I lived there.

I lived in Albany for 40 yrs, 4 yrs., in Laconia, NH, then moved to Spring HIll, Florida in 1989. It’s really great here but I do miss the 4 seasons. I was an avid hunter in NY and NH, but just could not get use to go hunting with a pair of shorts and tee shirts. Haven’t hunted since 1989, still miss that a lot.

Great chatting about the good old days, and good luck with your sharpening advice.

As always

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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