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Old 10-30-2010, 07:44 PM   #3571
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I use some of the jeweler's rouge on the hand held on one side and tooth paste on the other. Tooth paste is about 8,000 grit and does a great job polishing tools.

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$20.00 is a bargain for a tool like that. Can you resharpen the blades? Do they come off so they can be honed?
I just looked at that Jim...and yes, the blade comes off. So you could definitely re-sharpen it.

Plus, of course, they will be happy to sell you a replacement blade!
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Hey buddy, what kind of sharpening system do you have for sharpening your chisels and blades?
I prefer to use the Japanese water stones, Jim. I find that they cut quickly and easily. I have a number of the very small stones as well, which can be used for gouges and the like.

I haven't used them in awhile (the small ones) so maybe I should dig them out to remind myself what I have!
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I have a hard felt wheel with jewelers polishing compound to sharpen my carving knives. I have to sharpen my planer blades by hand.
I have the felt wheel as well. I believe I have two compounds for that, the one I seem to use most often is the green one. Not sure what they call that...again, it's something I got from Lee Valley.
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I use some of the jeweler's rouge on the hand held on one side and tooth paste on the other. Tooth paste is about 8,000 grit and does a great job polishing tools.
Remember when you were a kid...did you ever make any of those plastic car models and then spray paint them?

I used to use toothpaste for a cut polish way back then. I had no idea at all what the grit was, but I wouldn't doubt in the least that it's about 8,000.
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I have the felt wheel as well. I believe I have two compounds for that, the one I seem to use most often is the green one. Not sure what they call that...again, it's something I got from Lee Valley.
I didn't get mine from Lee Valley, was your out of round pretty bad when you first put it on your grinder?
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Buddy, I didn't think about using tooth paste as a polishing compound on paint but I know it would work.
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Keith, when I was a kid I did paint a bunch of cars but I didn't really didn't know how to make the paint look better by polishing it.
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I didn't get mine from Lee Valley, was your out of round pretty bad when you first put it on your grinder?
I think it was probably OK, but it has been on there so long I don't remember.

I believe you need to make sure it is well centered on the arbor if it isn't a snug fit. Either that, or you need to use a bushing.
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My felt wheel was so out of balance I had to screw the grinder down to keep it still. I finally got it balanced a little where I can use it now.
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I had the bushing and did what the fellow who sold them told me to do but it was really out of hoodoo bad. I have my felt wheel where it will rotate upward instead of downward like they normally run.
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The reason I have my felt wheel running backwards is so I can see the edge of my knives. If the wheel is running like it normally would the knife blade edge would have to be on the bottom and wouldn't be able to see the edge.
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With a carving knife being sharpened on such a steep angle the edge is very thin and will over heat quickly, if the metal ever changes color the metal in the knife is shot.
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I have made several caving knives and they turned out fairly well. One thing to make a good knife out of is an old file. The file is very hard and will hold a great edge for a good while. The down side is it is very brittle and has no flex at all so beware it will snap easily.
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Speaking of brittle, notice how well your pocket knife holds up and will not snap the end off easily. That is because a pocket knife is not tempered that well to hold an edge so the blade will flex. The knife folks know that no one wants a knife if the blade breaks easily but they will buy a knife even if it dulls easily so they make the pocket knives with less temper and the blade won't stay sharp long.

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