Comment/question for those of you that use the Deulen sharpening jig

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04-26-2018 03:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: deulen jig jointer knife sharpening

I recently purchased the Deulen jig to sharpen my jointer knives.Having watched the youtube videos I pasted sandpaper onto glass and made sure I did the same number of strokes for each knife. As expected the sandpaper is probably only good enough for one set of knives (if that). But while very impressed with the jig (beautiful tool well worth the money), I wasn’t happy with the sharpness of the knives.So I reverted to what I do with very dull chisels or plane blades ie lay the sandpaper on the jointer table and slowly progress to higher grits (and much higher than the 400 Mr. Deulen recommends).I also made sure to flatten the back of each knife first. I also didn’t get too hung up on putting the same number of strokes on each knive (what does it really matter if the tip of each knife is going to be individually set at the level of the outfeed table or a couple of thousandths above). I use the Oneway multigauge. Using this technique (basic scary sharp), I was able to nicely shave my arm.To return to the jig itself, it was made of spalted (maple I think) and really nicely machined brass. So I do highly recommend it.

-- David, Kentucky

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