Sandpaper makes a keen edge in a hurry
Synopsis: Stephen Winchester leaves his sharpening tools at home and uses sandpaper to sharpen dull tools when he travels to a job site. He uses a belt sander, a sheet of 120-grit sandpaper, and two pieces of 3M’s Microfinishing film. In this quick article, he explains how to avoid overheating the blade. Photos clearly show how each step progresses.
When I’m in my shop, I sharpen chisels and plane irons with a wet grinding wheel and waterstones. They do a great job, but they’re not very portable. So when I’m on a job site installing cabinets, I leave the wheel and stones at home and use sandpaper to sharpen dull tools.
All I need for sharpening is a belt sander, a sheet of 120-grit sandpaper and two pieces of 3M’s Microfinishing film. It may sound crude, but the edge I get will shave hair off my…