The Basement #40: New Sharpening Jigs

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 02-04-2014 09:46 PM 4735 reads 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made a few more updates to the sharpening cart. Last cart update is HERE.

I was inspired by Randy (DIYaholic) with his blog HERE But don’t tell him that, his head is already swollen…’s the proof:

Also got some inspiration from Joey (joeysjunk) HERE for the t-track idea.

I got a hoard of free MDF, so that seemed like the way to go for the base. 3 layers glued together with a pair of 3/4” pockets for the “wolverine” style bars to slide through:

2 coats of red paint and it kind of looks like one thick slab:

Added the t-track so the Veritas grinding jig can be added or removed quickly:

Wolverine style jig for the sharpening the roughing gouge:

My first attempt at an Ellsworth style jig failed (it cracked) because I didn’t pay attention to the grain direction….

Jig Fail:

Second attempt, I just glued up 3 hard maple shorts:

So far, just built one jig for the 1/2” bowl gouge, using a 5/8” through hole, a 5/16”-18 threaded insert and bolt, and piece of 5/16” metal rod. I threaded the end to accept an acorn nut for the pivot. The other little block will set the chisel projection:

The same little block will set the jig location in the grinder base:

In action:

Also re-located the old drill used to power the strop, just behind the grinder. There are 2 short dowels in the grinder base to locate it and you can move it quick if need be:

This was all working up to the point of attempting to turn a bowl on the lathe…....and I must say I have a new found respect for bowl turners…’s not as easy as it looks!!

I really need to find some green wood to practice on, but had this little piece of 4” x 4” of Redheart, so started rounding from the bottom up…....I had to walk away for now, watch a few more videos, or find a class…..but no one has gotten hurt yet:

Thanks for looking…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 10:32 PM

Pretty sharp, Jeff.
Pun intended.
I won’t tell.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 10:40 PM

Love the John Deere lathe…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 10:46 PM

Thanks Gene…..shhhh…..

Marty….I guess one more for the JD collection, huh?

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 11:09 PM

Great looking station….
Bet it works as good as it looks!!!

I’m humbled that I could inspire “The Cutting Board King”....
Just be sure not to be inspired by my “Extreme Procrastination Syndrome”!!!

Ya know Jeff, just like 74....
Ya gonna ruin my reputation!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 11:41 PM

OK, so the cats out of the bag…...(whatever that means?).......

Randy, there has been a bit of motivational block going on lately, but appreciate the ideas… far as how it works, not really sure yet. The grinding thing is a bit mystical yet. Reground the bowl gouge a few times during the “experiment” turning, and still had a few catches…..the tool is sharp, but the turning technique needs work.

I am following the 45-45-45 theory…there’s a video out there somewhere on that, can’t remember where right now…..

Thanks man.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 11:42 PM

Nice Jeff.
You all making these nice jig setups have me thinking maybe I need to rework my sharpening station.


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#7 posted 02-04-2014 11:45 PM

Great grinder base & jog. Added to my favorites.

-- Julian

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 11:47 PM

Hey William – thanks for stopping….Have you mastered the bowl gouge??

Julian – much appreciated!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 12:01 AM

I don’t know about “mastered”, but I am getting good enough to do what I need to do.


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#10 posted 02-05-2014 12:18 AM

Jeff outstanding addition to the station.
Love it, fire engine red.
I’ll bet even Stumpy will approve.
Play with the angles, everybody is a little different.
I still haven’t found “my” setting yet.
But I am close.
Your station is red and your project is red.
If you do have an accident you will never know.
And I hope that never happens.
Keep on truckin!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 02-05-2014 12:42 AM

Good for you William, figuring it out…..still tryin’ here…..

Hey Dave…...Saw Red…..reminds me of Sublime with Gwen Stafani:

Still trying to find the limits… :)

Did flip it over and try some hollowing, but I’m done for now:

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 02-05-2014 12:45 AM

Hey Jeff,
This station is getting way cool. Too red for me though – but I guess it is better than MDF colored.

I suck at bowl turning. Read a lot, but still need to go past some kind of wall to the other side. I just can’t seem to get it and that is not what I am used to. I need to go back and try again.

Good job Sir. You are an inspiration.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 02-05-2014 01:02 AM

Thanks Steve…...I get it, or more correctly, I don’t get it…...the bowl turning is a whole new world….....Thanks for stopping…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#14 posted 02-05-2014 01:25 AM

Bowl turning is indeed a whole new world.
I find myself often these days while turning pens, but wishing I was instead working on a bowl.
This is my experience on turning bowls though. Bowls seem impossible. Then one day, if you practice and learn all you can, it just clicks and you have a “viola!” moment. After that, you wonder why you had so much trouble to begin with.
I can’t speak for everyone and what you may or may not get. For me, it was two things. One was finding THAT angle on my bowl gouges. It is a little different for everyone, but I have that one sweet spot between so steep that it catches, to so short it rubs, and that is the spot that cuts perfectly, for me. The other thing was learning to ride that bevel. I was bad about wanting to cut with the bevel not touching. This caused catches to react wildly and I felt the lathe was more in control than me. Once I learned to ride the bevel correctly, I felt I had control of the tool, the wood, and it was up to me to do what I pleased with it.
From it all though, the best advice I can give to anyone wanting to turn bowls, or any hollow form, is this. Take your time and have fun. Don’t be afraid to experiment. One day, when you get it, you’ll wonder why it was so hard to begin with. Start with shallow bowls and learn the techniques before going to deep anything. Deep bowls can hurt you if you don’t have the technique right. Read my blogs and the close calls I’ve had if you want to know how I know.

Dang, I need to turn a few more pens tomorrow. I may have to blow that off and chuck up a bowl or two.


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#15 posted 02-05-2014 01:49 AM

Thanks William….I get it, sometimes I got the bevel just right, but turning those corners…..oh no…..

It’s my first try so learning a bunch…appreciate the coaching…..I think one of those curved rests would be a good idea…....helps keep that bevel in check…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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