Sharpening angles setup jig

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Project by Cornelius posted 01-01-2016 11:46 PM 2130 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It appears that one of the very first almost mandatory project for any new woodworker is to build a cutting board.

I never doubted that it is an extremely good exercise, the only issue is my wife always told me she did not need such a cutting board. It was quite frustrating as I was really motivated to try. On the other hand I really wanted to build a little sharpening angle jig to seriously start sharpening my tools. I then decided I could built that jig like a mini cutting board so I would have done my first homework as any other aspiring woodworker.

For this second project of mine, I used parts of a front door I fished out from the wood skip at the recycling centre. For this little project I used only hand tools apart from the router to cut the wave in the board.

I planed mouldings of the doors to do 4 square pieces of wood to glue together to form the panel. that was the longest part for me as it seemed that almost square was never square enough for setting up a panel…this to me was the more difficult and then most interesting exercise.

Even if the final product is a simple piece, I forced myself to set up a plan in order to start learning to use sketchup. This plan was printed real scale on a piece of scrap so I could cut the wave accurately in between the stops.

I had an issue during the routing part as I went a tad off the guide at some point. I was extremely tempted to start from scratch but I thought I should already learn to accept my mistakes and carried on with that wood.

As I made my 3 pieces of inlay quite thick, I first threw them in a plastic bag connected to a steamer to pre bend them in the guide.

Glue up/clamping was a bit of a pain as everybody else experienced and I learnt a lot on that front as well.

I finished the whole thing with Danish oil.

So that was my take at a little cutting board, I am more than happy with this little tool, even if I still cannot help looking at the main mistake in the inlay.

I already found an excuse to do a bigger and nicer one…I will start project number 3 soon.

Thanks for reading.

8 comments so far

View Levo's profile


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#1 posted 01-02-2016 03:07 AM

Nice looking jig!

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL

View EarlS's profile


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#2 posted 01-02-2016 02:11 PM

One thing I have learned when it comes to curves is to spend the extra time and effort to make a template of the curved piece or pieces so you can make sure everything works before you start cutting on the good wood. Once you have a template then you can use a pattern bit on the router to cut the piece.

I have to say that is one of the nicer looking jigs I’ve seen.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 01-02-2016 02:38 PM

Very nice looking project.

I admit that I am not very good with hand sharpening, so for the same angle why do you need different block spacing for a chisel and a plane iron?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 01-02-2016 03:40 PM

Very nice – I too enjoy making my jigs kind of fancy. Since I give away almost everything I make, it’s nice to have a few pieces around the shop – that have a purpose besides looking good – to enjoy myself.

How does this work? Is the jig block the same thickness as your sharpening stone? I assume you have a different honing guide for chisels than for plane irons?

Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 01-03-2016 06:21 AM

great looking jig – love the addition of the curved piece running through it…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 01-03-2016 07:58 PM

Many thanks for the kind words. As this was my second project, I am glad to see it works.

I was using a templeate EarlS, I called it a guide, sorry for my english. I used the exact technique you mentioned but the guide bushing of my router went a tad off the template at some point, that was my error.

There are different settings for chisels and planes because the metal jig has an upper position for planes and a lower one for chisels.
WoodNSawdust and SawdustTX, you can find more info on that type of jig for example on

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#7 posted 01-03-2016 08:13 PM

Nice idea and project. Sooner or later she will realize that she might use such cutting board.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-07-2016 11:34 AM

Thank you majuvla, you made me smile! I will pass on your wise message!

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