After a lot of time spent learning how to scrape and finishing my 18" Martin straight edge, I think I'm ready to start working on my HLV-H. While I would love to surface grind the external surfaces that Hardinge ground originally, I have no access to a grinder at all. I made a clean up pass with a big fly cutter to the bottom of the compound base and was pleased with the look. Then I did the same for the top of the slide and it looked dull and lifeless. Different materials? One thought is to finish the flycut surface with a criss cross scraping pass for cosmetics, but the sample part I did didn't look real great to me either. Advice would be appreciated! Pictures attached.