I made a couple of wheels from cereal
boxes just to see how they worked. Well, they work
better than nothing, but not as well as a felt wheel.
I also made up several MDF wheels with
different radii on then outside edges for honing the
inside of my carving tools. These also work. Also made
flat edge wheels for chisels and plane blades.
But eventually I made up a leather wheel
made of discs of leather. This put an end to all the MDF
wheels. When I got my felt wheel, that put an end to the
other wheels for honing. I have tried just about every
sharpening method out there, and I have settled on the
felt wheel and the leather wheel. The 2 wheels on one
shaft solve 99% of my sharpening problems, and they do
The other methods do work, they just
don't work as well as this method.
It is kind of like the difference
between a Ford Escort and a Rolls Royce.
They both get you where you want to go.
Jim Thompson, the old
Millrat in Riverside, CA.