The Eclipse honing guide in use
and a jig for fast setup.
Just wanted to make a little update where I show the honing jig I use and a jig for fast set up I finally made.
Yes I use the Eclipse honing guide to help me control on the grinding of the chisels and plane irons, for touching up I usually freehand, and for Japanese plane irons you need no guide since they are so thick.
This is how it looks when you use the jig.
You push down on the pull.
Here I use it with sandpaper on glass plate for sharpening, but you can use it on any stone or diamond also.
The jig is really simple to make.
For plane irons:
A piece of plywood and then mark and fasten a stop at 2 inch 25 degrees on one side and 1 1/2 inch 30 degrees on the other side.
The plane irons must be mounted on the top of the honing jig.
Set the iron in the jig and push the iron up to the stop and fasten the blade in the jig.
It’s that simple.
For chisels also, I use the other side of the jig for this, in this way I need only one jig.
The chisel is mounted in the lower part of the guide.
Choose honing degree and fasten the screw.
When not in use, you can fasten the jig in the guide and in this way it will be where you need it.
Finally I don’t have to look for my meter anymore when sharpening.
Hope it could be to inspiration.
UPDATE AUGUST 2012
Updated my guides with this old Record 161.
It has a ball runner under, this means it is exelent for camber or even rounding edges.
It’s simple and fast to adjust.
Here blade in place.
Remember the cap iron.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.