Sharpening Jig for Moulding Planes

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Project by woodoogolem posted 01-06-2015 05:30 PM 1650 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the difficulties when making your own wooden planes is creating the initial shape on the blade. Even if you do most of the work before hardening it is still tedious work by hand and in my first attempt also a waste of a piece of good water stone.

So I made myself a small jig to hold the blade at an angle of 25° to press it against a sharpening stone chucked into the drill press. Now I can form a consistent shape with maybe varing stone diameters according to my shape. The drill runs at a very low speed to prevent burning my fingers. To create a microbevel there is a shim which is inserted into the bottom to add an additional angle of around 2°. While not in use the shim is inserted into the back side. Otherwise it would be lost after the first day :-)

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