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Re: Yet another chisel edge test

I'm glad you're trying it out! I hope you'll report what you find. As David said, having confirmation from others is very helpful.

> I do have a question about the compound, though. You describe addressing the corner of the wheel with a chisel back, without getting onto the rouge. How narrow a strip of compound do you apply?

I hold the drill in my left hand, pointing right, and I hold the chisel in my right hand. With this orientation, I put compound on the left and middle of the wheel, avoiding the right-most edge. I hope that makes sense.

I've been buffing the chisel's bevel anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds, and then the back for maybe a second total, hitting the corner of the wheel without compound. The chisel seems marginally sharper after doing the back. (Also, I don't claim to really know what I'm doing -- this just seems to be working for me.)

I think the amount of compound in the buff has a strong effect on how quickly it cuts. But I wouldn't worry about details too much at first. I think it's simple and forgiving enough that an exact technique doesn't matter too much.

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