Flattening Waterstones

It's hard to beat the fast-cutting action of a waterstone for sharpening chisels and other tools. The price you pay, however, is periodic maintenance. Sanding screens are a great way to flatten a waterstone. But what can you do when you're in a hurry and don't want to deal
with the mess of using a screen and water? 

Here's a quick, easy way to flatten a waterstone in a pinch. Find a cement block (or even a step) that's relatively flat. Then sprinkle water on the rough face of the block and scrub the stone back and forth a few times. You'll get a passable cutting edge in no time.

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