Well, no, you would find a grinder handy even if you don't own a lathe. Flat grinding is fine as long at it's really flat. A problem arises when a slight rise is produced behind the cutting edge that makes the cutter jutter along or not cut at all. If you want to hone plane irons and chisels and not use a grinder then use Paul Sellers' method . You round under behind the cutting edge to maintain proper clearance.
hi I'm refinishing an old coffee table that we have and sanded it down with 120 grit to remove the old finish then lightly with 220 before staining. I applied the minwax pre-stainer let sit for 15 minutes then wiped it off and proceeded to use minwax ebony gel stain. I applied the stain with a brush, let it sit for 3 minutes then wiped it off with a towel(like a hand towel). after waiting for 24 hrs, I came back and saw that there were either brush strokes or towel streaks from the wiping. some of them were also a milky color and looked like a hologram. to try and fix it, I applied a second coat and waited 24 hrs and then tried lightly sanding with 320 grit sandpaper. but it seems to have fixed most of the brush strokes but now has removed random blotches of the stain and the clear streaks that looked like holograms still remain. basic questions: 1. should I have used a softer towel or microfiber towel to wipe off the stain? 2. should I resand the surface and try a normal oil based stain not the gel stain? or 3. is there any other way to fix the brush strokes? 4. the gel also dries very quickly so I tried staining in small sections. now there are visible lines between each. is there a way to blend them together? I'm new to staining so any help is appreciated.