Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #63: Veritas Mk. II Honing Guide Review

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 02-18-2016 02:01 PM 718 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a year since I bought this. Here is a brief review of it, my impressions.

This model has a straight brass roller on the bottom, so I have to used finger pressure to produce a slight bevel to the corners on plane irons. I haven’t checked Veritas (or Lee Valley) to see if I can swap it out for the recently seen cambered roller. If it turns out this can be done, I will purchase one and this issue will be resolved.

The second complaint is a more severe one. The bevel setup guide sucks. The clamping point is a gross connection. It does not provide a 90 degree edge to place the side of the chisel or plane iron against. The inner dimensions of its clamp does not match the track it clamps to, so every time I introduce a chisel or iron I have use a tri-square to set the guide square to the honing guide body before clamping it down on the track. Holding all three components together and getting the clamp tight is a pain in the ass. I would have expected more from a quality name brand.

The third complaint is a common one, that being how difficult it is to work with the knurled brass clamping knobs and how easy it is to get the blade cocked in the clamp due to uneven clamping pressure from tightening one side more than the other.

These issues mean for me a measurable amount of setup time. Once done, I found the heavy guide comfortable and solid to work with. I plan on building a horizontal platform for my Work Sharp WS3000 (Stumpy Nubs’ plans) and using this on it for plane irons wider than two inches.

Was it worth the money? Yes, but only because the inexpensive guide I bought from Rockler wasn’t working with some of my chisels. I wouldn’t hesitate to consider a newer model if it was in the same price range or less.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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