The centre of a waterstone gets the most use no matter how careful you are to use the entire surface of the stone when sharpening. This means the stone is likely to get dished out in the centre after just a few sharpening sessions. One of the quickest and most effective methods I’ve found for flattening the surface is to “scrub” the stone using a sanding screen.
The set-up. Sanding screens can be found at most hardware stores. They are generally used for smoothing Gyprock joint compound. I used a 120-grit screen taped to a flat surface for my waterstones.
The method. Before starting, draw a wavy pencil line on the bottom of the stone (inset photos). This helps track your progress. Using a circular motion, rub the stone over the flat screen. If needed, sprinkle the screen with water occasionally to keep it from clogging up. When the pencil lines are gone, you’re done.