Grinding Jig

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Project by NoSlivers posted 01-04-2010 09:27 PM 3082 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been busy with family during the Holidays and haven’t finished too much in my little shop. I have a few things in the works but with kids and grandkids visiting I’ll enjoy them while they’re here. The wood isn’t going anywhere. I did get around to one thing that’s been on my to-do list for awhile but just kept pushing it down from the top of the list. I have never been satisfied with the small toolrests provided on grinders, it’s too difficult (I apparently don’t have the skill) to maintain the correct bevel when grinding. Plus, trying to put a fingernail grind on a gouge…I don’t even try.
I got the idea from one of the woodworking magazines (can’t remember which one, or I’d give full credit to it). It didn’t list dimensions or anything, I just “eyeballed it” and started cutting pieces. This design is easily adjustable, and I can just mark off the degrees using a protractor along the arcs cut in the sides. Just wanted to post it since the design is simple and effective. If there’s enough interest, I’ll look through some magazines and try to find it – actually, someone here at LJ’s probably already knows.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 10:57 PM

Now that’s a great idea! Good job.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 01-05-2010 02:10 AM

I second that!
Great idea!

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#3 posted 01-05-2010 04:33 AM

This is a great jig. It was from Wood Magazine. I ordered the plan recently from their website (pdf format) for $1.99. I got the whole 11 pages article from issue #?? 1974. The length suggested is 16” to be able to sharpen planer blades.

Here’s the link –

You did a great job. Congrats. As you mentioned, this is much much better than the original flimsy tool rest.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 01-05-2010 10:29 AM

I like that…cool.

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#5 posted 01-05-2010 09:59 PM

I like this. Definitely a lot safer than using the tool rest that comes with the grinder. I probably will build one this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 12:03 AM

great idea
thankĀ“s for sharing


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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 06:41 AM

I have been mulling over in my head how to make exactly this jig! Thank you very much for the photo and thank you Bricofleur for the dimension.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 06:44 AM

Cool jig

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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