|Review by Roger||posted 02-22-2012 12:26 AM||8097 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
While going nuts for a long long time over sharpening chisels, & plane irons, I came across this USA made honing guide from Garrett Wade http://www.garrettwade.com/the-chisel-doctor/p/58A01.01/ It’s a little expensive, but, I don’t think too badly at 45 bux. It is very well made with dual wheels instead of the type that has a single wheel in the middle, 2 brass knurled knobs very nicely counter sunk, and a very nice coating of wrinkle paint. The Chisel Doctor is well worth the purchase. It comes with 8 pieces of assorted PSA sandpaper. 100-1500 grits. I did use a piece of MDF and a 12”x12” granite tile ( 5bux) from the orange box store to attach the sandpaper to. You set your chisel or plane iron 1” from the edge for a 25 degree bevel, and 3/16” for the secondary bevel at 30 degrees. WOW! This 4-pack of Marples chisels, that I bought in Cinncinatti at WIA show in Oct ‘2010, (gr8 deal at 20bux), shown here, after running through the grits. You can plainly see that secondary bevel, and I’m gonna tell ya, them babies are sharp. I am very, happy with this purchase. If you are in the market for a good honing guide, this is it. The one thing I did add to it, was a very small piece of sandpaper on the steel bar that holds the iron or chisel in position. That little bar has a “dado” incorporated in it, I imagine it was to help hold the chisel in place, but, it still wanted to move a bit, so, I added the sandpaper. No big deal. I also dug out my old Stanley #91/2 Block plane that I bought when I was about 14, (think it was my 1st real hand tool). It needed a LOT of help. I’ve got curl comin off that old plane now. yeee-haaa Thnx for the read. Any comments are appreciated. Hope this helps anyone looking for a honing guide.
-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net