The Fred Flinstone T hinge sharpening jig

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 10-11-2014 11:10 PM 2872 views 27 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My general brand sharpening jig I had recently broke apart. I liked the way it worked so I was thinking about buying another. Then I saw plans for this out of an old wood magazine. I didn’t quite follow those plans because I was looking for something that could handle my no. 7 plane blade. I used a five inch hinge a couple of bolts I had, some lock nuts, and I bought a set of hobby wheels at lowes. All in all I have about 10 bucks in the build. This should last a little longer than the general I think.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 10-11-2014 11:43 PM

That looks like it means business. I like the adjustment.
With just a little sculpting and a bit of paint it could look a lot like Fred Flintstone’s car ….... and it would still work as a jig. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 10-11-2014 11:46 PM

The Fred flinstone jig!!! I love it. I may have to paint it just for fun. Thanks for looking Mr. Paul. Then again maybe I need to work on refinement…..

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 10-12-2014 12:05 AM


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#4 posted 10-12-2014 12:11 AM

I have to say that is one of the coolest looking sharpeners I have ever seen. Very simple and most functional.
Excellent job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 10-12-2014 01:16 AM

Brilliant was the word that sprung to my mind as well. LOL

Good job Kaleb!

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#6 posted 10-12-2014 02:09 AM

Cool jig , Kaleb. That should hole the blades firmly!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 10-12-2014 09:31 AM

Looks like you met the 3 cornerstones of good design: Simple, cheap and efficient. An instant favorite.
Might borrow your concept…
Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 10-12-2014 10:59 AM

Great design. I will be stealing this design. My $15 honing guide from Woodcraft will not accurately take my shoulder plane’s blade. My #5 1/2’s plane blade ends up a bid skewed when I use it. This will most certainly work

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Kaleb the Swede

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#9 posted 10-12-2014 11:31 AM

Very simple concept for those that want to make it. Under the block on top I countersunk some lock nuts to stop the carriage bolts from spinning. That is the only thing you can’t see.

Thanks again all

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#10 posted 10-12-2014 01:03 PM

neat Kaleb! I’ve been wondering about saving my pennies for a jig – but I may just borrow yours and make one :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#11 posted 10-12-2014 01:15 PM

Admittedly, I am terrible at sharpening, mostly because I’m too cheap to buy a good guide, and because I cant seem to hold whatever I’m sharpening at a constant angle. . THIS might just make me into a sharpening ninja!


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#12 posted 10-12-2014 02:40 PM

That is the coolest idea I’ve seen in a long time.


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#13 posted 10-12-2014 08:08 PM

Every so often you see something on this site that jumps off the screen and makes you think “T.G. for L.J’s”.
Definite favourite. Thanks.

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#14 posted 10-12-2014 09:41 PM

Nicely done! There should be one in every workshop, I know there will be one in mine.

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#15 posted 10-14-2014 12:42 PM

This looks real good Kaleb. Sporty and smart. Just one tiny observation. It would be nice to have some way to easily insure that the blade is square in the clamp without having to eyeball it. Just a thought not a criticism.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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