Over the past 3 or so weeks, I have been working on sharpening. The first part was to ensure all my tools were sharp and ready to work with. For this activity, I wanted to make sure the grind was good as well as the micro bevel. For any grinding work, I have a Tormek T-7 and while it can be slow when a grind is way off of the desired angle, it still gets the job done without risk of "blueing" the blade. For the micro bevel, I'm using the steel diamond plates from DMT and doing it free hand. After establishing the micro bevel and removing the wire from the back, I use a strop to get a nice polish on the back and the micro bevel.
All the bladed tools in my cabinet and out (i.e. the chisels), have been sharpened and are ready to use.
My main purpose for this was to establish a more manageable routine. I have been doing a project and then sharpening all the tools used which can take weeks. Rather than that, I would like a shorter routine where I can "freshen" the cutting edge and get back to work sooner. Freshening may include using the diamond stones or just stropping the edge/back. I want to reduce my grinding work.
I still have to sharpen my scrapers and my carving blades so there is still a little to be done. I'm going to step away from sharpening to do a little work on music.