|Project by isotope||posted 10-25-2015 12:18 AM||1150 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
I’m new to hand planes and I have been struggling with sharpening. So, after doing quite a bit of reading I decided to take the time to set myself up properly. I chose to pursue a sharpening approach with jigs developed/described by Brent Beach. I made three separate vices for my three oil stones. They are an adaptation of Brent’s ideas. I also used this as an opportunity to consume some of the scrap oak and ash off-cuts that have been accumulating. The first version I made has a little too much flex in it for my taste (I think I messed up the glue up a bit). So, I modified the design for the next two. I’ve only used it a couple times and I am not completely happy with the blade holding jig, it’s tricky to get the blade square to the jig. But even so, I have been able to get much better results using this setup compared to before. And with practice, I’m sure I’ll get even better results. So, I’m happy.