- 16 July 2014 at 10:35 pm #59495
I am thinking about buying the same EZE-Lap stones that Paul uses (3″x8″ coarse, medium and super fine).
They are quite expensive though – however I notice that they do some double-sided diamond stones. I was looking in particular at the EZE-Lap 3″ x 8″ Medium/Superfine stone:
Has anyone use these? Are they any good, or are they are poor comporomise and I should save up to buy all 3 as single stones?
Chris - Exeter, UK16 July 2014 at 10:56 pm #59496Joe KaiserParticipant
I haven’t but the 3 stones are very convenient. You can just move from one to the next without the need to stop and turn a stone over.
Seattle, WA17 July 2014 at 2:06 am #59503BarryBParticipant
The single sided ones that Paul uses is 0.25 inch thick steel… no way is it moving while you sharpen. The item you linked is 2 thin sheets of metal attached to a plastic base … while i haven’t had this exact item in hand, i suspect it would flex with use. That being said, if you mount it on a solid base it should be fine.
Keep in mind that while it is a hefty initial investment it will last for many years.
New Brunswick, Canada17 July 2014 at 5:49 am #59505David R.Participant
I have two similar two sided stones, but they are only 2″ wide. I would definitely go for the one-sided (and wider) ones next time, despite the cost. Sharpening really should be as convenient as possible, so you’re not tempted not to sharpen. It’s also a time saver in the long run, since you can sharpen one iron through all grits without putting it aside and go through all your chisels in no time.
I don’t know about the EZ ones, but my stones are not too thin, I don’t think there’s a chance of them moving noticeably.
from Germany18 July 2014 at 7:29 pm #59555
Thank you all for the replies.
It sounds like the general opinion is that the single sided, thicker stones are worth the investment!
Annoyingly, there seems to be a bit of a stock issue with the EZE-Lap stones here in the U.K.
I might actually order them from the US as even with the shipping and import tax they work out slightly cheaper (which is totally wrong, but what can you do?!)
Chris - Exeter, UK18 July 2014 at 10:36 pm #59562John MeaneyParticipant
You could try http://www.fine-tools.com/ezelap-diasharpener.html based in Germany. I found their service excellent but I don’t know about the price comparison
Anything I make will be better next time.19 July 2014 at 12:11 am #59563Joe KaiserParticipant
Did you try Amazon?
Seattle, WA19 July 2014 at 4:31 pm #59582
Yes – I saw those on Amazon, but I am in the U.K.
Amazon U.K. dont have as wide a selection of stones and there seems to be stock problems recently!
I might end up ordering from the U.S.
Chris - Exeter, UK19 July 2014 at 5:15 pm #59583Philip AdamsParticipant
We’ve got the double sided ones in the workshop as well, and they do seem to work as well. We’ve used them quite a bit and they seem to be wearing fine. I am considering getting a double sided with 250 one side and 1200 the other to take with me if I am doing jobs, but it is nice to have the three if you’re planning on doing a lot of woodwork.
The Ezelap UK supplier is: http://www.ezelap.co.uk/
But as you mentioned, they have had a bit of a problem keeping up. Think they do pretty much the whole range though!
I work alongside Paul to plan and produce the videos for Woodworking Masterclasses
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