$30 Multi Tool Sharpening System

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Project by Tony1212 posted 07-16-2018 02:22 PM 2899 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been having problems getting good results with one of those cheap honing guides and my diamond stones. Everything always came out skewed and my fingers hurt after sharpening just a couple of chisels.

Also, I have some kitchen knives that are really dull. So I needed something to sharpen those. Plus a drawknife, some scissors, Stanley #80 scraper, and some other things.

I got the idea from the Lanskey style sharpeners that I’ve seen a lot of lately. But most of them require some kind of metal working to do the pivot and angle setting. All angles are referenced on the front edge of the tool bed, so that keeps your angles consistent each time you sharpen. It also prevents the uneven sharpening that I was getting with the cheap honing guide.

However, assuming you already have diamond stones and some scrap plywood, you could build this for under $30. The threaded rod and the magnets eat up most of that cost.

This can also be used with some sandpaper glued to MDF blocks instead of diamond stones.

You can see it in action on my youtube channel.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#1 posted 07-16-2018 03:31 PM

A Very interesting jig..thanks

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#2 posted 07-16-2018 04:49 PM

This is a very creative sharpening fixture. Congratulations!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 07-16-2018 05:17 PM

That’s pretty darn ingenious.

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#4 posted 07-17-2018 12:49 AM

A very clever sharpening jig. Added to my favorites.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 07-17-2018 11:03 AM

Very nice set up! Video was well done also!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 07-17-2018 01:11 PM

Well done! I find your fender washer clamping system particularly ingenious.

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#7 posted 07-17-2018 01:14 PM

excellent! thanks

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