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  1. Just a word of caution re the above for anybody...

    Just a word of caution re the above for anybody setting up high quality Western chisels - or for that matter Japanese chisels with flatter backs. Bear in mind also that it doesn't apply in the case...
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    Hi Ralph. Sorry, but I missed your post when you...

    Hi Ralph. Sorry, but I missed your post when you put it up.

    My studs came out pretty easily, but maybe there's some variation between examples. Either way the clamp bar is probably zinc, and is...
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    Nice job Derek. That's one of my favourite chair...

    Nice job Derek. That's one of my favourite chair designs...
  4. I'm relatively recent recruit to higher end...

    I'm relatively recent recruit to higher end sharpening Mike, although I've been hand sharpening since I was a kid for DIY/construction type work.

    Another here strongly in favour of a honing...
  5. Thanks Derek. That seems to reinforce what David...

    Thanks Derek. That seems to reinforce what David said on careful stropping and sets up some directions to try. i.e. that a finely honed edge needs care and light handling. For sure it's a journey of...
  6. That's for sure Warren. What I was suggesting...

    That's for sure Warren. What I was suggesting (because others may be my situation) was that as a person who having got to the point of having a waterstone set up that is working well on carbon steel,...
  7. Hi guys. Just to table a point/thinking out loud....

    Hi guys. Just to table a point/thinking out loud. It seems pretty clear that there's a considerable overlap between stropping and honing.

    Waterstones for example go to 12,000 grit (1 micron) or...
  8. A quick look after posting this morning threw up...

    A quick look after posting this morning threw up this untried EBay UK source of low cost 3mm (1/8in) MDF discs for about $4.50 for 3 no. Cody:...
  9. I'll give the MDF a run David - and try some hard...

    I'll give the MDF a run David - and try some hard leather as well. What you say about taking care to preserve geometry is where my gut tends to lead me too. Plus it's got to be a lot about removing...
  10. Ta David, you're up early... This is just an...

    Ta David, you're up early...

    This is just an idle floating of the topic, but it turns out there's a sceptics view on the usefulness of stropping too. See this page by Brent Beach:...
  11. Thanks David, that's reassuring. Have to say that...

    Thanks David, that's reassuring. Have to say that while the chisels are still to be really tested that I love the feel of the steel - it's tough yet cuts so cleanly on a stone, and has none of the...
  12. Thanks guys. I'll order a few discs Prashun and...

    Thanks guys. I'll order a few discs Prashun and see how i get on - they were so cheap that it made me nervous. Think it was your write up on their use I saw a couple of years ago. (?)

    The backs...
  13. Work Sharp 3000/diamond discs/establishing chisel surfaces...

    Part update, and part invitation for comment. Been working my fingers to the bone (almost literally :) )setting up a bunch of Japanese Matsumura white steel bench chisels. Dead pleased (but not...
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    I've some background around...

    I've some background around structural/engineering adhesives development - although not a lot with epoxies. The same sort of scenario tends to pop up in most cases though. There's a resin and and a...
  15. Thank you very much Andrew, guys. Sorry not to...

    Thank you very much Andrew, guys. Sorry not to have been clearer, but i guess i already have some of those alternatives, and can get the Jet item locally. Flat plate type gauges are not ideal on...
  16. The real key is probably a grid of accurately...

    The real key is probably a grid of accurately levelled support points on the floor or whatever - placed to fall under the internal beams/webs rather than just at the corners. Wood blocks cut to...
  17. Pinnacle tool bevel gauge? (sharpening)

    Wondering if anybody has any idea where one of these nice little tool bevel gauges (should be good for hollow back Japanese chisels) can be bought mail order? It seems they were made by Woodpeckers...
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    The sort of tool that might be useful for keeping...

    The sort of tool that might be useful for keeping the roller oiled on a Mk2 honing guide without getting oil where it'll cause problems (camelia oil might be a good choice) - don't know anything...
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    Thank you very much guys - solid information and...

    Thank you very much guys - solid information and it all fits with my framework. 30 deg it is pending the parers. Guess the trick is not to shade it too close to the wind by reducing the bevel too...
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    Bevel angle, Japanese chisels...

    Just wondering what the thinking on a single bevel sharpening angle strategy for Japanese white steel chisels is these days - reading throws up a million views ranging from about 25 - to 35 deg....
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    Not sure what 'Ta Wanda' might be from either...

    Not sure what 'Ta Wanda' might be from either Winton. :) Being on the other side of the Atlantic i don't speak American very well. 'Ta' over here is a short/slang form of 'thanks' - no overtones….
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    There's fairly consistent reports about on the...

    There's fairly consistent reports about on the web that A2 needs a slightly higher bevel angle than carbon steel/O1 to avoid edge chipping in some situations. e.g. this description of the issue and...
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    Ta Winton, time will tell how well it works out....

    Ta Winton, time will tell how well it works out. Needs must as i saw it. I took the castings to be aluminium, but it's more than likely that they actually are zinc. (it's commonly used to cast...
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    No prob Derek, I had a head of steam up anyway....

    No prob Derek, I had a head of steam up anyway. To be fair to Veritas it seems likely that most guides with clamp type blade holders may struggle with certain shapes of chisel back. Plus it's the...
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    Veritas Mk2 Honing Guide Problem & Fix

    Hi guys. :) Free hand sharpeners please look the other way.

    A Veritas Mk 2 honing guide bought a few years ago didn't work with my Japanese chisels (photo 1) - i've been getting by with the...
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