Scary sharp: The best sandpaper, etc for tool sharpening woodworking planes, chisels, etc.

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20 thoughts on “Scary sharp: The best sandpaper, etc for tool sharpening woodworking planes, chisels, etc.

  1. I noticed that you have a lot of hand planes in your shop. I have an old Stanley Bailey style plane that I restored, but I can't get the blade to protrude thru the bottom of the 14" smooth bottom. Any ideas? I have two different lengths of blades. Plus I have two frogs with different angles. I appreciate your thoughts.

  2. I have had good luck not using the little feet and folding the top end of the paper over the edge of the plate. The plate is hard up against the bench top, pinching the paper between it and the benchtop. Water adhesion does the rest of the work. No glue mess or hastle pealing off adhesive papers, no extra cost for sticky paper and no mess. Try it…

  3. I have a piece of tempered glass for an old end table that will hold 3 full sheets of sandpaper on each side for sharpening. I wet both glass and paper, put paper on glass and set flat in warm place to dry out. KIM

  4. Ive spent hundreds of hrs sharpening my chisels and Kanna blades on just about everything cheap and easy. The crappy thing about​ sandpaper is that you cannot ever get the very most cutting edge bevel perfectly intersecting at infinity because the paper compresses at the cutting edge and curls up around the edge ever so slightly but rounds it off. Arkansas stones I've barrowed from friends are the only thing that works to my satisfaction and even then not Happy. saving up for some Japanese water stones.

  5. Ive spent hundreds of hrs sharpening my chisels and Kanna blades on just about everything cheap and easy. The crappy thing about​ sandpaper is that you cannot ever get the very most cutting edge bevel perfectly intersecting at infinity because the paper compresses at the cutting edge and curls up around the edge ever so slightly but rounds it off. Arkansas stones I've barrowed from friends are the only thing that works to my satisfaction and even then not Happy. saving up for some Japanese water stones.

  6. Companies that make custom counters always have a dumpster out back that usually has some pieces of granite or marble suited for this purpose. If you visit twice in one week, you will for sure find a suitable sized piece.

  7. For the record, when I watched this clip last year, I went out and bought that Rockler kit… very pleased with it…

    Thanks!!!

  8. Another good video, James, thanks for sharing! What is the jig you used to keep the angle? Do you find that pulling away from the tip produces a sharper edge that dulls more quickly? Thanks for journeying to Kennesaw, it was really cool to meet you.

  9. Paul Sellers made a great video years ago where he sharpened a plane blade to 240 and it cut like butter. Seeing people use these 30,000 grit Japanese stones nakes me laugh. There's also a knife naker who useds a common ibstock house brick to sharpen all his knifes.

    I personally use my late grandfather's fine India stone 240 or 400 grit (I forget), then strop that puppy intil its shiny and jewel like.

  10. Is it true that sandpaper wears smooth, thus becoming like a finer grit? Or do the abrasives dislodge, giving the same deepness of scratches but slower? Ive heard both. Has anyone put a microscope to this?

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