Poor Man's Wolverine

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Project by WoodChuck84 posted 09-26-2010 06:15 AM 7357 views 50 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know there are already a couple of these jigs on here, but here’s another. Also, I can’t take credit for it. My dad and I built it together. The arm is mounted to the plywood base with two hanger bolts w/ wingnuts. The “vari-grind” angle is unadjustable, but I suppose I could make a new one if I ever decided to change the angle of the grind. I have three, each one for a different spindle gouge.

Grinder—$20 HD special
Hardware—approx. $6
A few pieces of scrap wood

Obviously, its not as nice as its original, but it seems to do the job just fine!

-- Hello, my name is Jarrod and I am a woodaholic.

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Eric in Florida.

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#1 posted 09-26-2010 07:01 AM

Hey, if it works, it works.
Economical way to get the job done.
Good job

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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Gary Fixler

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#2 posted 09-26-2010 07:19 AM

I like it! I don’t enjoy making intricate jigs, because I’m lazy :) I might have to copy this, because it’s simple, to the point (sorry!), and it looks like it works.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 09-26-2010 10:36 AM

Great idea, Its one area I really need to improve in, Sharpening. Thx for post.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-26-2010 01:40 PM

nothing wrong with a nice and simple homemade jig, i have one that looks pretty similar and it does the job well.

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Don Butler

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#5 posted 09-26-2010 01:46 PM

Hey, $26 vs $90 ?
No contest!
You win!
A couple of toggle clamps would make it even more useful.


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#6 posted 09-26-2010 02:41 PM

Nicley done, great savings. I have one of these on my to do list as soon as I get the shop cleaned up enough to get at and work on my lathe.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 09-26-2010 05:11 PM

Nice job on your homemade jig setup. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 09-26-2010 05:40 PM

less is more in this case :-)
thank´s for sharing


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#9 posted 09-26-2010 06:23 PM

Nice jig…is the holder with the threaded rod set at any particular angle ? Thank you.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 09-27-2010 02:29 AM

Dusty56—It’s set up based on the guidelines from Doug Thompson’s website. There is a downloadable pdf, actual size, with recommendations for various chisels.

-- Hello, my name is Jarrod and I am a woodaholic.

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#11 posted 09-27-2010 04:06 AM

You can easily make the vari-grind adjustable by adding another piece of wood besides the one there with a bolt and wing nut and it swivels.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 02-18-2011 07:41 PM

Nice jig! I hope you have had better luck with your shop built sharpening jig than I did… I had repeated breaks in the arm…

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#13 posted 02-19-2011 05:28 AM

Thank you for the link : ) Have a great weekend !!

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#14 posted 02-19-2011 05:43 AM

Neat idea.

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