Jerry sent me a PM with the following questions.
I thought it would be easier to answer on the forum as other members may be able to contribute.
I'm at a new and interesting part of the learning curve which has to do with learning about and using chisels. I read your remarks about the "Scary Sharp" sharpening method and then watched the video about it. I have a couple of questions for you if you don't mind helping me with them.
The first one is this. The video talked about using MDF material on the glass that the paper is adhered to. I do not access to MDF locally and even if I did a large 4 x 8 ft. sheet would be far more than I would need for this purpose. Do have any suggestions for a material that would work other than MDF?
Next, from what I gather the paper being used is just plain ordinary wet and dry paper that I would buy at a auto repair shop or other supplier. In the video they show, or think they showed something other than paper to start with and then moved on to the paper, I didn't get what that first stage was, do you know?
I am thinking of buying a simple set of four Blue Chip chisels for now. I believe that for now, all I need is a chisel that can be used to square up the corners of a quarter inch wide mortise but I am sure that I will need others as the learning progresses. Does the choice seem reasonable to you and if not what might you suggest. I also plan to buy the guide that is shown in the video which is the one that suggested too.
Anyway James, any help with this subject will be greatly appreciated if you find time to respond to my questions, but if you are to busy, I sure do understand.
Thanks in advance,
I may answer your questions in a number of posts as I go back and forth.
1. Can you show which video to which you are referring? There are a number on youtube and it would help if I can see the particular one.
2. I purchased 4 sheets of glass about 4" x 15" some years ago, but have not yet glued the sand paper to the glass.
3. At the moment, I am just using the sandpaper resting on a sheet of MDF. I find this to be smooth enough for my purposes. You will have to take care that the sand paper does not move also that you do not dig into the sandpaper. Use more pull strokes. When I move up to sharpening my plane blades, I may use the glass and adhere the sandpaper.
4. I just spray the sandpaper with WD40 as a lubricant and to create the slurry.
5. I believe the idea of using the mdf as a backer for the glass is to provide a very smooth, solid surface on which to rest the glass. This is to prevent the glass from breaking. In Australia we can buy mdf in smaller sheets [600mm x 1200mm] If you buy a larger sheet of mdf, you will always use the remainder for jigs, templates etc. I think my shed and MDF is like a washing machine and socks....I use 12mm (1/2") mdf.
6. I use various grades of sandpaper that I purchased from a local hardware store [bunnings]. Some people recommend buying from an auto repair shop as they may have the finer grades that the ordinary hardware stores do not stock.
7. I use 400, 800, 1200, 1600 and 2000 grit sandpaper.
8. Can't comment on the "Blue Chip" chisel set, however, be aware, that cheaper chisels do not hold their edge as well as quality chisels made from quality steel. They will work, but you will find you have to re-sharpen (hone) them more often.
9. I find the guide necessary, as I cannot hold the blade at a constant angle and would end up with a rounded edge.....