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Tools #2: Veritas Mk.II Sharpening System Quick Review - VIDEO

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Blog entry by mot posted 05-31-2007 04:04 PM 11945 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi Folks,

As promised, a quick tour of the Veritas Mk.II Sharpening System. In the video I seem to use back bevel and micro bevel interchangeably. This is a mistake and is due to doing these videos at 1am when I should be ”sawing logs,” in bed. However, here it is…

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)



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#1 posted 06-01-2007 05:33 AM

Great video Tom. Thanks for staying up late to put it together. If you need to replace the abrasives, do you just attach additional sandpaper?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-01-2007 06:48 AM

Yes, you just peel that off and replace it with new adhesive backed paper sold specifically for this system at Lee Valley.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-01-2007 06:52 AM

So, it is pretty much the same as the work sharp in that respect. Can you get extra plates?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 06-01-2007 07:40 AM

Yes, you can get extra plates, extra tool holders. It’s pretty cool. It’s so similar to the worksharp. It doesn’t have that little heatsink thingy and it sharpens from the top, but the concept is basically the same. I’m having really good luck with it. I use the mk.ii honing jig with an 8000 waterstone as well.

One thing I didn’t show in the video is I have a felt wheel with it that you can charge with honing compound and put a mirror shine on the tool. I just can’t seem to find where I put it in the shop. D’OH!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 06-01-2007 02:37 PM

So, I guess I would say the Work Sharp is a poor man’s version of this tool. It is $200 less in cost, but is 2” smaller and will not handle as wide of tools in it’s jigging system.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-01-2007 03:57 PM

Pretty much, yeah. I’d say the Worksharp is the Ford Expedition to the Veritas Lincoln Navigator though. The Veritas system is quite robust and versatile, but I don’t think the worksharp is any slouch. This thing weigh’s a ton and one of it’s big points in reviews I’ve read is how true the disc runs.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 06-01-2007 08:10 PM

I’m getting a quicktime logo with a big ? in the center?
QT is installed and supposedly working.

Help.

Bob

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#8 posted 06-01-2007 10:16 PM

Hi Bob,

It’s a flash video, so it should embed a player automatically. I’ll have to look into why quicktime is trying to load it.

Try this link to see if it works…

http://www.jumpcut.com/view?id=2ADE74620F3D11DC836F000423CF382E

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 06-02-2007 01:01 AM

Hi Tom:
I got you note. It runs fine here now as well as direct from jump cut.
I tried it on one of my macs and it seems fine there too.

That darn thing about standards is that there are so many of them. <g>

Bob

p.s. great demo, it’s a very nice system.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 06-02-2007 01:05 AM

Well, the beauty of the system is how easy it is to use. It doesn’t have to be a long demo because the entire process is really a no brainer. If you have a really bad edge on a tool or some chipping of the steel, a spin across the coarse abrasive wheel to put the bevel back on it with an edge, then a trip through the rest of the discs to sharpen and hone it and it’s done. Total time is really just a couple of minutes.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 06-02-2007 02:26 AM

Thanks Tom for sharing the video with us. It sure looks like a simple and fast system to use. Decisions, decisions, Work Sharp or Veritas, they both look like great systems.

John

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#12 posted 06-14-2007 03:19 PM

Hey Tom….........that was very good. Rather than sending out my jointer blades, I use an old reliable 4” Delta. I’ve been looking at the Makita G2017 Blade Sharpener. Have you tried shapening jointer blades on your system? Having used successfully the Veritas system and have an awareness of theses systems, is it possible for you to somewhat make judgements on the 2 systems? To be honest, its one thing to read about the Mikita, its another to see it in operation as you have done. I feel that, if I were to order the Makita, I would be missing important option assessories that I would need, and can’t get good decision making information. The only system carried by our local tool supplier is the Delta System; one I don’t want. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks…........Neil

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#13 posted 06-14-2007 03:49 PM

Neil, I have a nick out of a jointer blade that appeared last week. I have been pondering the same question. Though the veritas system, like the Makita holds the iron/chisel on top of a horizontally spinning abrassive (wet wheel vs dry abrasive) The veritas system does not have an attachment to grab a hold of a jointer or planar blade like the Makita does. This would leave you making an attachment (not totally out of the question I suppose) or doing them free hand. I’m not so sure free hand would work with any reliability with half the blade being pushed into the tool rest and half of it being pulled away. The Makita is a slow speed wet sharpener that would be easier to control this. Having some experience with the wet sharpeners and dry systems, I’ll be sending my jointer blades out. I’m not sure I have a lack of confidence in the systems as much as my use of them. I wouldn’t, however, buy the Veritas system for anything but chisels and plane irons. Actually, it does a pretty good job with carving tools too but you have to free hand them.

Tom

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 03-25-2010 02:32 PM

the video is missing – or is the problem on my end?

-- Rob in Texas

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#15 posted 03-25-2010 02:38 PM

Rob I don’t have access to the video either.

Ken in Texas

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