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Sharpening Jigs and Gauges

In the picture above you see three basic types of sharpening jigs, the largest one is modeled after a Stanley 200 and works fine for the Scary Sharp Method, it however is not so good when your bench stones are different heights as the hight changes causes the angle changes if the stone thickness changes..



Update New Jigs

New Sharpening Jigs

Two new jigs in my collection First is the New Lee Valley MKII sharpening jig.. I got mine when they where about two months old and Wood Craft has a good sale and I paid about $40 these have gone up and sell for about $60

The LV MKII works well but I have noticed that Stanley blades do not have paralle sides and this jig used the Silver colored registration / projection stop to square the blade and always needs to be ajusted unless you have a modern blade like a HocK Lei-Nielson or Lee Valley.. The original LVMK I used a seperat gauge you see under the unit (center picture) and set blade perfect ever time..


New Jigs

Next addition to the collection is Millers Falls jig on top of the red box.. This is my pick as what jig I would reccommend a new sharpener to buy.. I see thiese about one every month on eBay and sell for $20-$30 plus shipping They often come with box and instructions..

All it lacks is you to make a setting gauge modeled after the LV MKI If you own a Miter Saw this is simple to just miter a few angles on a small block of wood or plastic at 25º , 30º , 35º and with a adjusting nut on top of th jig you can make as many micro angles as you like..


Oil Stones

Here you see my oil stone set up, I use a 1/8" thick piece of rubber I bought off eBay ..

I start with a Medium India 2ns stone,then a Fine India to a Soft Arkansas to a Hard Arkansas and last in the picture is a Fine Ceramic I also have two Water Stones I use after Fine Arkansas.. The water stones are a 4,000 and 8,000 ..

I am sure you want to know why so many stones, well the more stones you use the flatter they stay and need to flatten less.. I think you can get by with three and many folks these days say they like water stones or ceramic/water stones like Shaptons..

I'm just grew up using oil stones and like the idea they wear slower and are natural..




Vise Type Honing Gauges

This is my favorite for sharpening chisels, it did need a slight modification as the grooves to hold the chisels I have were not wide enough.. All it took to fix this problem was a sharp file and 5 minutes.. Now the jig is my favorite chisel jig.


This simple to use tool will securely hold chisels to 1-3/4" and plane blade to 2 3/4" wide. Made of aluminum and steel with a ball bearing roller for free running on a bench stone.

Last be not least is is Veritas® Sharpening System

I found my self using the basic jig above more at one time after I sharpen a few sets of chisels but have grown to like this jig more now sharpening Plane Irons cause I don't need a screwdriver to change the blade..

First, use the guide in its normal position to grind the basic bevel angle for the tool. Then, on a fine stone, hone a micro bevel at a slightly different angle, set by a turn of the guide-setting knob. Since the secondary bevel is small, you remove less steel and arrive at a sharp edge quickly and with little effort. This is all done without unclamping or resetting the tool in the guide.


The guide will hold blades up to 2-3/8" wide and 5/8" thick and, in combination with the Veritas Angle Jig, lets you set blade projection to obtain any one of the five most common bevel angles (15°, 20°, 25°, 30°, and 35°). You loosen the knurled brass bolt, turn the wheel to the selected angle facet, and use it to set your blade angle. With a blade loosely held in the honing guide, roll the guide up to the wheel and clamp the blade. You are ready to hone.

Bevel Gauges

Bevel Gauge

The top gauge in the picture is part of the Veritas® Sharpening System the round brass Bevel Gauge is what I use to set the bevel on my HF Wet Grinder

Sharpening Jigs and Gauges A review of the numerous Jigs on the market and which Jigs that might help you decide which one you might want to buy..

Power Sharpening I feel everyone should have at least one power sharpener in a shop.. On this page I go over several machine types that are made today.

Scary Sharp Sharpening is a method of sharpening some one came up with to sharpen blades on sand paper instead of a bench stones and is the most common method for new sharpeners to use..

Bench Stones oil stones vs water stones and what the pros and cons of these honing stones .. With a section of Shapton's to come..

MK III Power Sharpener This page is about the sharpening machine I made and modeled after two popular machines on the markets

Grit Equivalency Gives you a beak down of what abrasive in classes of grit so you can gauge the abrasive qualities of one to another.

Loose Grit Sharpening Blades and Iron or Flattening Bench Stones Loose Grit is a great method to use.. It is also good for extending the life of Scary Sharp Sand Paper

Diamond Equivalency Mesh sizes in micros so you can look the them up and figure about what they compare to in regular grit

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