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    I tried freehanding the sharpening of my chisels and plane irons, but couldn't get them sharp enough. So I decided to try this method and it worked really well.For a base I went to a nearby countertop manufacturer and they let me have a nice flat castoff piece from their dumpster. It's about 8" wide and 4' long and rather heavy so it doesnt move while sharpening. I like it that long because I can get all the grits of sandpaper I want on it.I found 600 grit sandpaper at a lumberyard, but had to go to an auto parts store for anything finer than that. They didn't have 1200 so I just got 1000 and 2000. I lined up those 3 sandpaper pieces side by side on the marble. I tried just taping them down with painter's tape and that worked OK but ultimately wasn't sticky enough. I'll try ...

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    I tried freehanding the sharpening of my chisels and plane irons, but couldn't get them sharp enough. So I decided to try this method and it worked really well.For a base I went to a nearby countertop manufacturer and they let me have a nice flat castoff piece from their dumpster. It's about 8" wide and 4' long and rather heavy so it doesnt move while sharpening. I like it that long because I can get all the grits of sandpaper I want on it.I found 600 grit sandpaper at a lumberyard, but had to go to an auto parts store for anything finer than that. They didn't have 1200 so I just got 1000 and 2000. I lined up those 3 sandpaper pieces side by side on the marble. I tried just taping them down with painter's tape and that worked OK but ultimately wasn't sticky enough. I'll try regular masking tape next time.Other than that I pretty much just followed your instructions and got a nice primary and secondary bevel. I would add that if you go with one of the cheaper honing guides (as I did) you should read the instructions to know how far out the chisel should stick to get the correct angle for the primary bevel. Then just pull it back about a 1/16th inch to do the secondary bevel.Thanks!

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