30 degree Micro Feed Hand Plane Iron Sharpening Jig.

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Project by Dynamike posted 02-13-2015 10:27 PM 7436 views 21 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got sick of wondering, is my blade as sharp as it could be? Is the angle correct? So I made a jig for that!
Now I know that every blade isn’t always Ideal at 30 degrees, but it’s a great starting point. The adjustment screw is a 6-32 thread and I figure every half turn of the micro adjusting screw, moves the blade about .005 closer to the grinding disk. In the last 2 photos you can see the edge after just 3 passes and how far off I actually was. The last photo shows a perfectly straight 30 degree wedge. I cleaned up the feather hairs on the diamond pad. She cut’s like a hot knife through butter now.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#1 posted 02-14-2015 12:47 PM

Good thinking here.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 02-14-2015 12:49 PM

Very smart and very fast too. Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 02-14-2015 01:54 PM

Clever and well thought out!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 02-14-2015 04:02 PM

Very clever as others mentioned. You should submit you idea to some of the woodworking magazines. I would guess you would win a prize for the best jig.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 02-14-2015 04:47 PM

Brilliant !!

-- Groveland, CA.

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#6 posted 02-14-2015 06:18 PM

Yet another brilliant sharpening apparatus. Well done!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 02-14-2015 08:23 PM

How do you ensure that the edge of the blade is perpendicular to the side of the blade?

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#8 posted 02-14-2015 09:19 PM

Well thought out. Thanks for sharing your jig with us.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 02-15-2015 04:13 AM

@LJackson, I could always add a strip to one side to insure the blade starts out and stays perpendicular, but my goal was to make sure the blade didn’t move once I began and it doesn’t. Besides the lateral adjusting lever on the frog will compensate for any irregularity that I may have built in while sharpening. Those were my thoughts at the time!

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#10 posted 02-15-2015 04:17 AM

Thank you all for your Comments.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#11 posted 02-15-2015 04:10 PM

Very clever. I love it when people create new designs!

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#12 posted 08-09-2015 04:54 AM

I like this! Its a great design and well built.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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