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Stop using scrap for such an important jobThis glass may seem expensive for a small hunk of glass however just try to go find a glass shop that will happily cut you a small rectangle of 1/2 inch float glass. I love these and have 4 of them for various sharpening uses. I use both Garrett Wades PSA abrasive papers and I also buy the 3M micro abrasive sheets. They work wonderfully. No one likes sharpening but nothing makes your work easier than a fine edge. It is one of those things that is always a nagging problem. Having a fine set of sharpening tools starting with these super flat heavy glass plates makes an unwanted job just feel better. Stop messing around with scraps of maple or MDF.......You deserve it.
Made To LastI have diamond plates but wanted a couple of these to go to a courser or finer grit than my plates. I am very impressed with them. Very heavy, stays put on the table while in use. Easier to use than the diamond plates due to size. Just a tiny dab of contact cement at each corner, very tiny, and the paper stays put.
Not Well Thought ThruAfter having used the sanding glass and paper I was initially pleased with results, however having let the same paper set on the glass for a couple of weeks it is now welded to the glass. In the course of discovering this I also was using the honing guide and discovered that it was not properly holding the chisel I was attempting to sharpen despite many efforts to position it squarely. The end result was a chisel that I will have to spend some time with to correct it. Have never had problems with Garrett Wade products before, hope this was slip-up.
Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
We are sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the Float Glass Kit. Please call 1-800-221-2942, and ask for technical assistance.
Scary SharpThe items contained in this kit will allow you to get your chisels ,plane irons,knives ,very sharp with a stead pace and taking your time so your sure each pass the edge stays at the same angle .then just keep using finer and finer sandpaper. You can go as fine as you want the 600 grit is good but pick up some wet or dry automotive 3m paper assorted pack gets you 1000,1500 ,2000,2500 sheets if you polish the edge up to at least 2000 the edge you get is scary sharp
Fantastic SystemI've already brought a set of chisels and a plane back to life. Now I just have to catch up with the rest of my chisels. It's a fantastic system.