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In context with my new plane fixation, would you folks suggest a good sharpening guide for planes and chisels? I have heard the experts and the really good tool guys say you don't need such a thing.
But then, we're dealing with ME here, not a serious tool guy!!
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I like the Worksharp 3000. No guess work and a nice sharp finish every time. Previous to that I used a honing guide and Lee Valley water stones. I didn't buy the expensive Veritas honing guide, just a cheap no name one. It worked, or should I say gave me a workout. You need to be willing to put some time into sharpening this way.
Honestly for the price the Worksharp is the best choice for planes and chisels for the hobbiest! Even my budget Groz planes make nice curly whisps of wood now.

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I like the Worksharp 3000. No guess work and a nice sharp finish every time. Previous to that I used a honing guide and Lee Valley water stones. I didn't buy the expensive Veritas honing guide, just a cheap no name one. It worked, or should I say gave me a workout. You need to be willing to put some time into sharpening this way.
Honestly for the price the Worksharp is the best choice for planes and chisels for the hobbiest! Even my budget Groz planes make nice curly whisps of wood now.
Okay. I go look. Thanks.
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Ohhhhhhh how you've begun down the slippery slope...*S*

I have to agree with Deb on the workshop 3000. A great tool for sharpening plane irons and chisels. Price wise, its about in the middle of whats out there. Results wise, it does an excellent job. I've managed to achieve excellent results with the WS3000.

As with just about any sharpening system out there, results are a direct result of technique. Everything from Arkansas stones to diamond paste requires a bit of a learning curve. Here is an area where a the more research you do, the more likely you will decide upon a system that is right for you at this point.

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Okay folks, maybe tomorrow I order a 3000. I am becoming aware that just buying a plane and thinking you can just use it is a total pipe dream!!! I'll pay my dues. Have a little block lane coming and my wife bought me a #4 Stanley today while in town shopping. I took it out of box and promptly took 1/2 inch right off 24" length of 2X4. Nuttin' to it! What's all this about sharpening??!! Ha. Seems to be a nice enough plane to me for $35.00
Onward.....onward into the frog.
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H Warren,

I use the Veritas MKII guide and sandpaper (scary sharp) ..... cheap and it works for me

I even got a cheeeeeap "trojan" no4 to take shavings.....LOL

I learnt my lesson by using a bench grinder to sharpen a chisel... anyone want a skew chisel?

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Yeah, I am on the "slippery slope" now but I am doing my best to drag my feet. I rarely need or use a plane so I don't want to get carried away. But I DO want the tool to be sharp when I need it. And of course I have a set of chisels and its nice when they are razor sharp too. No bench grinder stuff for me-too crude and too hard to control. The sandpaper idea sounds reasonable because I cannot justify half a dozen $75 "stones" to keep tools sharp.
I'll do some more shopping today and stagger onward. Thanks for the kind thoughts and the advice.
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I bought the WS 3000 when Sears made the pricing mistake. The Veritas MKll was already in my tool box.
Personally, I prefer the MKll. It's slower and more work, but I can get a much keener edge. And, the quiet time is psychologically restorative.
I can sharpen the wife's kitchen knives on the WS, though. That's a plus.

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I did a write-up on the scary sharp method. I spent some time sharpening my chisels, but it was well worth the effort.
http://www.routerforums.com/tools-wo...our-tools.html
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I did a write-up on the scary sharp method. I spent some time sharpening my chisels, but it was well worth the effort.
http://www.routerforums.com/tools-wo...our-tools.html
I sat on my hands when the Sears boon-doggle was going on. Sorry I did.
Thanks for that. Helpful. Got some stuff coming to help me sharpen plane irons and other things too. We have full set of Henckl kitchen knives and I keep them sharp by hand with a couple small stones so at least I know a LITTLE something about the basic idea. Ha!!
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