Next week, I'm attending a 3-day hands-on seminar with Frank Klausz. If I showed up with dull chisels and planes... 'nuff said. I used Bud's video as a motivator to sharpen all my chisels and a select bunch of the plane blades.
Now you did go watch Bud's video so here's how I did mine as there are a couple differences (and by now you caught the in 3-D reference :)
- My chisels and plane irons all needed their backs addressed. Normally you do this once in a blue moon after the first time, but I wanted to make sure these were flat. Remember, I was lax.
- Once the backs were flat, I used a Veritas MKII honing jig to have a consistent angle throughout the grits to clean up the main bevels.
- I then used the jig's micro-bevel setting to put a micro-bevel through all the grits.
Veritas Striking Knife and you'll be able to easily shave end-grain with it. Fun for the whole family!
Maintenance? Who wants to pull all this out. Granted, it was fast and I was doing backs, correcting bevels, and putting a micro-bevel. That's everything! Normally you'd just touch up the micro-bevel when you need to. What I actually do during use is keep the green/white strop handy and strop the back of my blade gently; it makes a difference. I did that before trying this scary sharp method so I'll continue now with likely better results.
Now get to sharpening!