Ideas for holding mini plane irons in sharpener?

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Forum topic by Robodie posted 03-30-2017 09:37 AM 532 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2017 09:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mini plane iron sharpening honing

Hello to all!

Hoping someone here can offer guidance / ideas for holding mini plane irons in a General Tools Chisel & Plane Iron Sharpener. It’s not the best guide, but works decently will for normal sized irons—however, due to the clamping mechanism (pic attached) I cannot for the life of me figure out how to hold these tiny irons.

I bought a couple sets of these mini planes at Harbor Freight, mostly for work on instruments, and like any HF tool, they need some fine tuning.

The irons are tiny (approx. 2 7/8” by 1/2” by 1/16”, pics also attached) and the clamp is far too big to allow enough length for the edge to touch the stone / paper.

I’ve tried fashioning a couple of jigs with utter failure, but I KNOW there has to be a way.

I’ve already tried hand-sharpening, which was quite successful—in removing a fair amount of knuckle skin.

I can’t afford a better guide at the moment, and the wooden ones I made worked okay-ish but sanded the bottom of the tool more than the iron.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

-- Thank you, Grampa, for teaching me all that you did. Even though your gone, I'm still learning, and will make you proud with my heirloom hands.

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#1 posted 03-30-2017 10:04 AM

IMO, forget “jigs” and hold it with your fingers and hand-sharpen it on a flat stone, 600/1200-grit sandpaper, etc.

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#2 posted 03-30-2017 10:18 AM

For spokeshave blades, I use a Veritas small blade holder which holds the blades in it using (strong) magnets. Maybe you could rig up something similar? Take a look at the pictures of it – there’s not a whole lot there.

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#3 posted 03-30-2017 12:03 PM

Tape the small iron to a larger iron and clamp the large iron in the jig.

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#4 posted 03-30-2017 12:27 PM

any cheap eclipse type sharpeners will hold them tight….use the inner grooves and really tighten with screwdriver. the older veritas sharpeners are good too…just check for squareness from shifting

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#5 posted 03-30-2017 12:40 PM

I have done this same set. Ended up using fingers to hold blades.

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#6 posted 03-30-2017 01:49 PM

Worksharp would likely work well if you have access to one.

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#7 posted 03-30-2017 11:48 PM

I used my worksharp to sharpen my mini blades. Got them done in no time

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