I'm interested in sharpening my planes and chisels. Do the experienced folks recommend a system such as those sold by Lee Valley, or would it be better to go with the glass+sandpaper&Veritas jig method?
a while back and after seeing all of the stuff that I would need to buy to handle my sharpening needs ( all I had was an oilstone) and the prices of all this stuff I decided to go all out and bought the veritas Power sharpening system from Lee Valley with the 10% course discount.
This is very pricey but does a great job and you can sharpen stuff in a flash. I don't have the patience to spend 1/2 hour on a chisel to get it properly sharp the first time.
Of course I have cut myself so many times now that my chisels are razor sharp. I now have much more respect for these tools. LOL
I guess I am somewhat ol fashioned as I use a grider, wet stone and a holding jig
I also at times use a diamond strope and a leather strope. and it only takes a couple of minutes to produce an edge that I can shave with. Sometimes I do shave a portion of my face to prove a point to the young bucks around.
However long it takes and whatever method you choose if its not sharp its somewhat useless.