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Old 09-02-2009, 11:01 PM   #1
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How flat is plate glass?


I need a very flat glass as a base for sharpening blades and was hoping plate glass would fit the bill. I know that float glass is very flat so how does plate glass compare to it? Between a 3/16" thick float glass and 1/4" plate glass which tends to cost more? Thanks.

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Old 09-02-2009, 11:27 PM   #2
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I've used 1/2" float glass with good success. Never tried plate glass.

The one thing that works better is a piece of granite. It is the flattest thing you'll ever find, and it will not deflect or contour to the table it is on no matter how hard you press on it. If you call local granite fabricators they'll almost certainly have pieces large enough to do what you need to do. They're too small for countertops so they almost always get trashed. I called my granite guy and got a piece of "trash" granite that is 14x30"...Perfect for lapping my jointer plane and everything smaller. He even cleaned up the edges just to be nice.

The "scary sharp" system as this is called is unbeatable for ultra-sharp plane irons, chisels, etc. You do go through the wet/dry paper pretty quick though.

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Wow great tip. I avoided granite because it was so expensive but I'm definetly going to take your advise and try to find some scrap pieces, thanks alot!
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Check out this link. It is the website of a handplane expert, and he discusses sharpening methods in depth. Scary sharp is one of those methods. Click on "sharpening" on the right hand side.
http://www.rexmill.com/
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Thanks for the link, I just called my local granite fabricator and like you said they got plenty of scraps for the taking.
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Not a problem. You'll end up liking that more than glass, trust me!

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