|Project by bluekingfisher||posted 04-13-2015 08:10 PM||2670 views||44 times favorited||20 comments|
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.
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