January 15, 2020
This is such an emotionally charged subject that I don’t think (m)any of us are capable of holding a normal conversation around it. The purpose of this entry is simple: To discuss sharpening stones as I learned their benefits and drawbacks through my beginner woodworking journey, and how I came to my preferred stones and way to sharpen. Things I’m not going to discuss: The sharpening jigs I used, or the free handing techniques I tried, and how I feel about all of that stuff. Not going to go into primary, secondary and tertiary bevels. Again choose your religion and purpose. Not going to discuss automated tools, or get into details about the different types of grinders. I use one. I like it. You like yours. Moving on. Though I am not a fan of squelching opinions, if you’re rude, I’ll delete you and your comment. Argue the concepts and ideas, don’t attack the people making them.
Like many new woodworkers, I fell for the usual fanfare of sharpening stones. It all started with wet stones, even though my shop had no running water. That was OK and realized I needed to flatten them. That led me to buy a cheap Norton lapping stone. That lapping stone turned out to not be flat, who knew I was supposed to check the flatness of a brand new lapping stone? That made my life even worse, but it taught me a few lessons about flattening and maintaining my stones. Not only was I struggling with learning the tools and the craft, but struggling with poor quality sharpening accessories.
I experimented with skipping stones, only used the 1000 stone to reshape the bevel and reset the edge, and started at 3000 and jumped to 8000 then 10000. Stopping at 8000 felt unsatisfying in how the secondary bevel looked. But I had this whole thing down to 3 stones. I was sharp, but something still didn’t feel right because I wasn’t getting the consistency in sharpness. Sometimes a hand plane would feel amazing, sometimes I’d feel like I’d be making too much of an effort. Sometimes a chisel would slice through the waste of a dovetail beautifully, sometimes it would crack the wood instead. In the end, I was getting pretty sick of the mess and the up and down to the kitchen to flatten the dang stones.
March 02, 2021
March 01, 2021
I've been working and not posting. I am sanding the whole interior and applying finish before I glue this thing together. Having experienced the pain of finishing the liquor cabinet after glueup nope not again.
January 15, 2020