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Project by RaggedKerf posted 512 days ago 1251 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently picked up a brand spankin’ new handplane (WoodRiver #5 jack—-it is AWESOME by the way) and wanted to get myself a sharpening guide to make sure I keep it in tip top shape.

Here is my solution to the problem of shelling out a $50-$100 for an angle guide. I got the idea from Derek Cohen's page on the same topic. Seems to be okay, but I haven’t tried it yet as I’m still working on getting the MDF sharpening station set up.

Anyhoo, the details are here.

Thanks for looking!

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com





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Sergio

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#1 posted 512 days ago

Hello Steve, The only possible problem I see is that when you rub the wooden block on the sanding paper it will wear out quicker than the iron itself. Check my post on this: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/77093
I used some old HD bearings to avoid this problem.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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Zinderin

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#2 posted 512 days ago

Yeah, you don’t put the wood block on the sand paper. In the original design, the wood block is constantly in contact with smooth glass. Not sure how this is going to work with MDF.

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camps764

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#3 posted 512 days ago

cool idea!

Just FYI – you can pick up an inexpensive sharpening guide for about $10 that works just fine.

The Veritas honing guides are awesome, but the cheap-o’s work as well.

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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RaggedKerf

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#4 posted 512 days ago

Hey guys thanks for the feedback!

RE: the sandpaper and wood, I didn’t do a good job explaining how it was going to work LOL…what I plan on doing is rubbing the wood block over waxed (heavily?) MDF. Only the blade with contact sandpaper. I haven’t made that part yet…maybe this weekend.

However, Sergio I love your idea with the bearings and may end up doing that in the end. Nice to have options!

Steve, yeah, I discovered the $10 guides (Woodcraft and Harbor Freight are pretty low on the pricing scale) around the time I figured out how to make it myself and then just decided why not. In the end, this cost me nothing but about an hour of time…that said, it’s great to know if I can’t get it working right, I can just buy one. Yeah, Veritas and LN…someday….someday…

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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camps764

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#5 posted 511 days ago

I’m in the same “someday…someday…” boat man!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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