Honing Guide

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Project by Johannes Poehlmann posted 462 days ago 2564 views 24 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One very useful tool for sharpening a blade is a honing guide. I built my own one. I got some inspiration at Gerd Fritsche:
His one is better. But my one works as well for the beginning.

You can download a plan here:ärfhilfe-honing-guide/

-- Johannes, Nuremberg Germany,

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#1 posted 462 days ago

Nice work looks like it does a great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 462 days ago

Very unique approach. Thanks for sharing your project and the links with us : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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#3 posted 462 days ago

Nice jig thanks for sharing

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#4 posted 461 days ago

That is nice, do you use it with stones or sandpaper? Can you post a picture of it in action? Tks

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#5 posted 461 days agoärfhilfe-honing-guide/

Go down the page a little Sergio and you’ll see it in action my friend.

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#6 posted 461 days ago

This is cool…thanks for the plans, downloaded.

-- "It is what you do with what you know that matters" - James Krenov

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#7 posted 461 days ago

I’ve never sharpened a plane….yet. I’ll be building this in the near future. Thanks

-- Woodify ~~

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#8 posted 461 days ago

Very useful jig and the video using the digital angle gauge was really good. I wouldn’t have thought of that. Thanks for the post and the link.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 461 days ago

i have been wanting to build one of these rather than spending $100 on a good one. Thanks for the plans!

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#10 posted 461 days ago

just watched the video! that is awesome the way he uses the guage…now i need a wixley!!

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#11 posted 461 days ago

That is pretty slick. Well done. Have you tried it with a chisel? I’m wondering with the single wheel if the jig would rock side to side?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 461 days ago

Since I signed on here I have seen more and more variations on honing guides and wonder why they are even needed. I have been a cabinet maker since 1972 when I completed my apprenticeship and never have I had the need for a honing guide. I was taught that you hone your plane irons and chisels by hand with a quality sharpening stone. If you happened to knick the blade edge you ground the knick out on the bench grinder then took it to the stone for finish honing. A properly sharpened plane or chisel stays sharp for ages unless you abuse it by planing glue or laminate etc. Just my opinion. Should I duck now? LOL! Thoughts???

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#13 posted 461 days ago

I think its a great jig.

Bogey, no need to duck but the thing to realize is that most of us haven’t and wont go through an apprenticeship because its a hobby. There’s obviously a learning curve and muscle memory involved with free hand sharpening that i personally dont have the time for. Im lucky to spend 2 hours a week in the shop and when im there i just wanna get somethin done and not screw up another iron ;)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#14 posted 461 days ago

” A properly sharpened plane or chisel stays sharp for ages”


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#15 posted 461 days ago


You shouldn’t duck, but you should remember that a huge number of LJ’s are weekend warriors, self taught, hobbiests. We didn’t go through and apprentiship or school to learn what we do. Maybe you “Pros” don’t need a honing guide, but the rest of us appreciate every little bit of help and insight we can get.

Just my 2 cents.


-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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