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Waterstones Illustration by Mike Del Rizzo Although learning to use hand planes and chisels takes practice and patience, the learning process is made much easier if you know how to sharpen those tools.
My new students often say how much they dread the hand planing portion of a course.When I hear that, I know it's because those students have only ever used dull tools.Once they've learned how to properly sharpen their tools, hand planing and chisel work become surprisingly enjoyable.
Select the Right GritsThe key to proper sharpening is to use good quality waterstones (see the sidebar 'Stone Tips').These versatile synthetic stones can repair mildly damaged cutting edges and take you right up to razor sharpness.
If you can only afford a single stone, I would recommend a combination stone with 1000 grit on one side and 4000 on the other.1000 grit will give you a basic edge, while 4000 grit will give you a razor sharp edge.
If you have a more flexible budget, I recommend a 220 grit, which will rapidly remove material, a 1000 grit stone for initial edge-forming, a 4000 grit for further honing, and an 8000 grit to get a mirror-like finish.
Having separate stones...