|Project by kiefer||posted 03-10-2015 02:22 AM||4019 views||14 times favorited||17 comments|
I am making a butcher block and started ripping the maple for it this morning and realized that the blade was getting rather dull and needed a quick solution . I remembered buying these diamond sharpening plates and thought I could make a jig by using the fine grit plate .
The jig I made is very simple and easy to make and use .
A piece of 2×4 cut at an angle(20 DEG) with a handle and a fine grit diamond plate glued to the 2×4 wedge .
Unplug the saw when using this jig !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To use it I set up my sled (see here )
and position it as seen in the pictures and clamp it to the saw table align the tooth face with the diamond plate by moving the sled for or back and raising or lowering the blade and now it is simply a matter of sliding the jig side to side along the sled fence and putting light pressure on the saw blade .
After about 10 strokes of the jig I rotate the blade one tooth and sharpen the tooth and go until I reach the first tooth mark I made with a felt marker .
To rotate the blade I made a small notch in the jig right next to the diamond plate which allows the blade to move past the jig .(pic #6)
A rear view of the jig
Sliding the jig side to side with light finger pressure on the blade against the diamond plate
The notch for the blade to be able to be rotated to the next tooth
What I use to clean the blade before sharpening and it works .
I am quite happy with the sharpening and the result cutting a 2” piece of maple looks pretty good .
Tomorrow I will sharpen some more blades as I am very happy with this jig and may figure something out like this for my router bit sharpening also .
Let me know what you think .