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The Poor Man's Honing Guide

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 02-09-2015 06:28 PM 4470 reads 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the spirit of the handsawgeek mantra of “build it on the cheap”, here is this week’s shop tool offering…

If you are into using ‘scary sharp’ with sandpaper on a slab or glass plates, this is a really ridiculously simple honing guide that works surprisingly well.

A block of hardwood, a fender washer and a screw are all it takes. Just make sure that the block is precisely square and straight on all sides.

A version for chisels can be made as well. Just substitute a mending plate and two screws.

-- Ed



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technoslick

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 09:13 PM

Ed, you genius, you! You just helped me solve a nagging problem I have with the Rockler honing guide I have. Since I am using diamond stones, I need it to ride on the stone face. Some of my short chisels and plane irons are too short to work well in this guide and the single narrow wheel causes the whole thing to rock. Getting a chisel to lie flat and square has been a hassle and not always possible. Take your block, cut two wide spaced notches out of the bottom edge, wide enough for two nylon wheels or rollers, run a lag bolt through them from side to side and…whatever size block needed, for small or large blades. How simple. Thanks!

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 02:58 AM

Nice jig, Ed! Certainly within the budget. :-)
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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handsawgeek

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 08:20 PM

Soitainly…!!!

-- Ed

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CFrye

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 08:49 PM

^^^ LOL

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 02-11-2015 09:47 PM

Oh great! Yet aNOTHER new tooling jig that I have to buy! Just wait’ll I tell the wife I need a few bucks out of this months budget. She always gripes, but she always comes thru for me :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 02-13-2015 02:29 AM

That’s so dang simple, even I can make it…thanks!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Mark

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#7 posted 02-13-2015 03:37 AM

Can I see the specs/ dimensions? I dunno. Looks kinda tricky.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 02-13-2015 05:20 AM

What? No Sketchup?

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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handsawgeek

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#9 posted 02-13-2015 02:41 PM

Sorry folks…no fabrication drawings or material cutting lists made up yet. You’re just going to have to wing it!

-- Ed

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#10 posted 02-13-2015 09:09 PM

Wow. Great. Need one. Very simple and efective. Thank for share

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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Picklehead

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#11 posted 02-13-2015 10:22 PM

I’m afraid I have serious issues with this design. The screw into end grain is much weaker than face or edge grain attachment. Only quartersawn wood should be used in this application as grain movement is going to seriously affect the honing angle with seasonal changes in the humidity level. And I certainly hope that’s hardwood you’re using, because if not you’re going to be changing you honing angle with each stroke as the softwood wears away before your very eyes!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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handsawgeek

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#12 posted 02-13-2015 10:54 PM

Hi, Picklehead.
No worries, mate… The wood is hard maple, the screw is a #12, and the piece of wood is small enough that any expansion from humidity would be negligible.

Wearing away the wood on each stroke is not really an issue, since it is bearing on a smooth glass surface, and not the sandpaper. Also, this guide is really only used on the final honing stages on the highest grits, so I don’t bear down on it heavily at all.

The only other thing that can wear out here is the screw hole, maybe stripping out after a lot of use. That would be a simple fix – make a new one. They’re really cheap! So far, this same guide has been in use for all of my chisels and plane irons for the last 2 years, and still works wonderfully.

Thanks for looking.

-- Ed

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#13 posted 02-13-2015 11:49 PM

Ed! You’ve been using this for 2 years!? Holding out on us, huh?

-- God bless, Candy

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Picklehead

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#14 posted 02-14-2015 12:00 PM

Ok, I suppose since you didn’t laugh the joke’s on me. I was faking a sarcastic over-the-top critique of your project. (I guess I should have gone all CAPLOCK, too!). To your great credit you didn’t come out flaming, but instead calmly refuted my arguments, and then thanked me for looking! You get my vote to be on the LJ debate team.

Did you hear the one about the guy who criticized the honing jig?
He wasn’t too sharp.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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MadJester

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#15 posted 02-14-2015 05:43 PM

Pickle…you forgot to mention that if he were to stain it, it might throw off the angle by at least .000001 mil…... :D

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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