Holders for Sharpening Stones and Blade Jig

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Project by isotope posted 10-25-2015 12:18 AM 1558 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m new to hand planes and I have been struggling with sharpening. So, after doing quite a bit of reading I decided to take the time to set myself up properly. I chose to pursue a sharpening approach with jigs developed/described by Brent Beach. I made three separate vices for my three oil stones. They are an adaptation of Brent’s ideas. I also used this as an opportunity to consume some of the scrap oak and ash off-cuts that have been accumulating. The first version I made has a little too much flex in it for my taste (I think I messed up the glue up a bit). So, I modified the design for the next two. I’ve only used it a couple times and I am not completely happy with the blade holding jig, it’s tricky to get the blade square to the jig. But even so, I have been able to get much better results using this setup compared to before. And with practice, I’m sure I’ll get even better results. So, I’m happy.

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#1 posted 10-25-2015 12:38 AM

When I saw the title, I thought not so much that I would find out how to sharpen stone vices, but really why anybody would make a vice out of stone and why would a sharp stone vice be a good thing. Then I clicked…

Never Mind.

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#2 posted 10-25-2015 12:43 AM

Ha, funny. You make a good point. The title wasn’t the best choice of words. I changed it a bit to avoid anymore confusion. Thanks.

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#3 posted 10-25-2015 01:27 AM

I liked the original title. It got me to click! I should have said so. Sorry.

I like your project – especially the wedges.


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#4 posted 10-25-2015 09:25 PM

Bite the bullet and get yourself a Veritas MKII honing guide for $60. You will thank me. Mark Spagnolo (wood whisperer) has a great video on his method using the MKII. It will work great with your setup. I struggled to get the sharpening thing down too. MKII solved my problems.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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