Honing guide purchase for new plane user

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Forum topic by MinnesotaHack posted 01-04-2016 02:30 AM 806 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2016 02:30 AM

I purchased my first plane, a Wood River standard block plane. I also have some cheap blue handle chisels. I am relatively new to woodworking but due to other hobbies (rockets) I know the importance of sharp blades. I have done plenty of utility type woodworking (raised garden beds, garden wagon, garage benches, etc) but no furniture, works of art “pieces” or joints besides butt joints. I tend to favor single use tools rather then fiddly multipurpose adaptable crap, etc.

I will need a honing guide for the plane and eventually the chisels too.

I am wary of anything cheap imported.
I’m also aware of the Veritas Mk 2. I have seen mixed reviews on this.

Price isn’t a concern. Ease and speed of purchase isn’t a concern.
Quality and long life are.

What do you recommend ?
Is there a particular brand I should try for on eBay ?

Dale Saukerson-Minneapolis.

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#1 posted 01-04-2016 02:38 AM

You can count on Mr Reds’ review :) and a belated welcome to LJs!

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#2 posted 01-04-2016 02:38 AM

Veritas MK 2. Easy to use, repeatable results, great quality.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 01-04-2016 02:39 AM

I’ve had success with a cheap 10-15$ honing guide.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 01-04-2016 02:40 AM

Google Paul Sellers sharpening techique. If your anything like me you’ll mess around with jigs for awhile then learn how to sharpen freehand anyways. It’s faster and with a little practice it’s easier. Imho

Ps. That being said, I have both the cheap guide and the mk II. Both work well and I really liked the MKII before I started sharpening free hand.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#5 posted 01-04-2016 04:42 AM


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#6 posted 01-04-2016 04:48 AM

If you must have a jig to learn freehand.I recommend the Sharpskate.The Sharpskate will train you to the side sharpening tech.

-- Aj

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#7 posted 01-04-2016 11:34 AM

+1 to Waho609, you can’t go wrong with that one.

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#8 posted 01-04-2016 12:58 PM

Welcome to the craft and Reds review is a good one and I think that jig would work well for you, I use the MKII and have been very happy with it.

-- Brian Noel

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#9 posted 01-04-2016 01:07 PM

Echoing idea of starting with a the guide waho shows and at least try free hand.

Difficulty with freehand is if you’re not doing enough to sharpen frequently, skill development is delayed, in which case a honing jig may be your best bet.

Chisels: Those blue handle I suppose are Irwin’s they are serviceable chisels I use them for heavier work like nortises.

Narex is a very good starter set of chisels. Get the “premiums” they have a lower side bevel height.

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