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Project by bluekingfisher posted 04-13-2015 08:10 PM 2596 views 44 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you are anything like me when it comes to sharpening your cutting tools then you may appreciate this simple little jig for making the process very quick and simple. It is so simple in fact I cannot believe I did not conjure up something like this sooner.

Although simple I cannot claim this to be of my own invention, rather, I had the pleasure and good fortune to meet Deneb Pulchalski from Lie Nielsen Toolworks at a recent woodworking show. After chatting for a while he took the time to show me his set up for sharpening his hand plane blades. This is my version.

Very simple to make from scraps it allows me to have a very handy all encompassing means of quick and simple blade sharpening. The fundamentals of the jig are to ensure a repetitive way of honing and polishing the edge of the blade. The stops with the numbers on them represent the desired bevel angle. To use, Simply fix your blade in your honing guide ( I use a Veritas MKII ) then butt the edge of the blade to the angle desired as referenced by the pre set angle block, tighten the nuts to secure the blade and away you go. I don’t want to steal Denebs Thunder on the best way to obtain a sharp edge, nor do I wish to teach you how to suck eggs on how to sharpen a blade on a stone. So, you can watch his method using the “ruler trick” by visiting the Lie Nielsen webpage and clicking the sharpening tab, which will direct you to a YouTube series of short instructional videos.

Deneb uses waterstones as his sharpening media, I prefer diamond plates, I use a 1k then an 8K grit stone then strop with green polishing compound using mineral oil as the lubricant, seems to work fine. Using diamonds may not achieve such a high level of polish on the honed edge but less messy and I think from the photo attached you will agree even a relative sharpening novice can quickly sharpen a blade to create waffer thin shavings.

I may add, the shavings shown were taken by a jack plane set up to operate as such.

If you have been experiencing frustration and dread when sharpening then I would recommend you take a look at the videos, it really is very simple.
Thanks for reading.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan





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waho6o9

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#1 posted 04-13-2015 08:33 PM

Awesome set up David thank you for sharing.

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#2 posted 04-13-2015 08:50 PM

Simple and highly efficient sharpening jig! Can’t beat it. Looks great and the results are very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

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

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Andre

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#3 posted 04-13-2015 10:52 PM

I was told when you can read a newspaper through the shaving it’s sharp! LOL!
I am on the hollow ground, free hand, water stone wagon. Saw the Lie Nielson set up
but way to neat for my tastes.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 03:00 AM

Thanks for sharing this. If I ever have a reason to pick up one of my neglected hand planes, this will help make them usable.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 04:32 AM

Thanks for sharing

-- Robert in middle TN

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#6 posted 04-14-2015 05:47 AM

Great job, something ive wanted to make for some time but havent pulled the trigger.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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bluekingfisher

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#7 posted 04-14-2015 07:12 AM

Waho, John, Rad, Robert, Archie & Tugboater – Thanks for taking the time out to make a comment fellahs, I’m pleased you liked it. This set up has certainly made the dreary task of sharpening, if not enjoyable, at least bearable and simple.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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mafe

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#8 posted 04-14-2015 09:52 AM

Less is a lot.
really fine.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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bluekingfisher

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#9 posted 04-14-2015 12:50 PM

Thanks mads, I have struggled with that concept for years, although common sense is beginning to take over.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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tyvekboy

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#10 posted 04-14-2015 02:55 PM

Good Post. That shaving is impressive.

I should set something like that up too. I’ve had an MkII for several years now and haven’t used it.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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bluekingfisher

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#11 posted 04-14-2015 03:39 PM

Alex, the MKII guide is very useful, however the attachment for ensuring the correct angle is achieved is fine, however having the little stops on the front makes it even more simple to set up the correct angle.

I’m sure with your inventiveness you will trump my simple design

Good luck

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#12 posted 04-14-2015 06:07 PM

Link to thier YouTube page with the Videos. https://www.youtube.com/user/LieNielsenToolworks

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#13 posted 04-14-2015 07:06 PM

Thanks Richard, beyond my skill set to post the link, least with an iPad any ways.

Cheers

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#14 posted 04-14-2015 08:30 PM

Nice set up…thanks for the info. I will give this a try!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#15 posted 04-14-2015 08:51 PM

No problem gbear good luck with your version.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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