sharpening jig

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Project by darryl posted 10-17-2007 02:08 AM 3578 views 22 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I started turning almost two years ago I’ve thought I could learn to sharpen my gouges freehand…

I can’t.

I’m also to cheap to buy one of those commercial wolverine style jigs.

Based on a design that I cannot remeber which forum I found it in (otherwise I would be happy to link and apply credit) here’s what I’ve done. I started with a little raised base (made from some of that free scrap baltic birch plywood I can’t stop collecting) and then simply added a little extension with a “V” block to allow the handle a comfortable resting place.

I was SHOCKED at how well this cleaned up my gouge. I should have done this a LONG time ago!

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 02:25 AM

Very nice. Very similar to the Wolverine Jig I use….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 02:39 AM

Very sharp! Well, not too sharp, you might cut yourself!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#3 posted 10-17-2007 05:17 AM

I was thinking about the same thing. I like you cannot see spending $70+ for the basic jig. Not to mention the other accessories that you need to go along with it.

Great way to solve the problem. Good luck with the turning.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 10-17-2007 05:24 AM

Looks like it does the job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 10-17-2007 07:16 AM

Darryl -

Very efficient and economical!


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#6 posted 10-17-2007 01:35 PM

Looks like it works great. Thanks for sharing the jig.

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#7 posted 12-19-2007 03:32 AM

Great idea and you’re $100 richer!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 12-19-2007 04:18 AM

Great Job Darryl

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-15-2008 05:51 AM

Hey this looks like an awesome idea…...maybe I can persuade myself to sharpen my tools now and get back to turning !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 05-23-2008 03:15 PM

this does make life much easier!

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#11 posted 06-21-2008 01:53 AM

Wow – this jig looks like simplicity itself! I’ve seen much more complicated jigs on various sites – so it’s fantastic to see yours and realize it doesn’t have to be quite as challenging as I was fearing.

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#12 posted 08-24-2008 04:01 AM

Thanks for this tip Darryl. I’ve made myself one, now. Yeah, about 10 minutes work, not counting waiting for the glue to dry and yes, it does work really well, at least for the gouges.

Mine didn’t quite fit under the wheel of my grinder but I found that even when clamped slightly offset, it works just as well, as long as the tool fits into the V which is placed directly in line with the grinder.

Got any tips for parting tools & skews?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#13 posted 08-24-2008 04:11 AM

yep, I made one of these out of scrap earlier this year, works like a charm… if only we could talk our wives into letting us spend the money we saved.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 10-31-2009 04:06 PM

This is one of those ideas where you step back and slap yourself and say why didn’t I think of that? Simple but very functional. Great idea there bud, Thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 10-31-2009 10:08 PM

That will doer good thinking


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