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Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide Purchase

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 02-13-2015 04:48 AM 1336 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even woodworkers living on the cheap have to occasionally spend a little more to get a worthwhile value. This $70 honing guide is the only one below $200 that accurately clamps and provides precisions honing angles for chisels and plane irons. The $15 guide I have now is worthless on chisels and so-so on plane irons. Already I have ruined a couple chisels from uncorrectable skewed clamping. Not having an accurate method to keep these chisels and irons sharp is like having a car and not being able to afford the cost of upkeep.

I’ll have it next week, straight from Canada. Then I can get down to some serious sharpening. As is true with all cutting tools, the sharper the tool the safe it is to use.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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Cantputjamontoast

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#1 posted 02-13-2015 12:29 PM

you have made a wonderful purchase that will change your world

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 02-13-2015 12:55 PM



you have made a wonderful purchase that will change your world

- Cantputjamontoast

Thanks! I sure hope so.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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JADobson

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#3 posted 02-13-2015 02:29 PM

It is a great jig but it isn’t perfect. You’ll find that chisels can still skew unless you are very careful in how you clamp down on them. You need to tighten one side a turn, then the other side a turn, and so on until its tight. If you tighten too much on one side before the other you get uneven clamping pressure and your blade will shift every time.

-- James

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#4 posted 02-13-2015 02:36 PM



It is a great jig but it isn t perfect. You ll find that chisels can still skew unless you are very careful in how you clamp down on them. You need to tighten one side a turn, then the other side a turn, and so on until its tight. If you tighten too much on one side before the other you get uneven clamping pressure and your blade will shift every time.

- JADobson

James, you are so correct. One of the selling factors for this purchase was watching a 2011 YT video Marc Spagnuolo (The Wood Whisperer) did on how he sharpened his chisels and plane irons. It’s a fidgety gadget and, yes, you have to consecutively tighten each side in small turns and make sure the chisel hasn’t skewed. The alternative is more than twice the price, but hey, compared to the Rockler $15 guide, this has to be much better. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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lepelerin

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#5 posted 02-13-2015 05:41 PM

You will love it and have sharp chisel. I do since I have this jig.

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Paul Bucalo

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#6 posted 02-13-2015 07:42 PM



You will love it and have sharp chisel. I do since I have this jig.

- lepelerin

Thanks for your imput! I’m looking forward to it.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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