Poor Woodworker´s Scary Sharp Jig

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Project by Sergio posted 01-04-2013 04:43 PM 9557 views 37 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of the famous Jig, using scraps, bearings from an old hard-drive and some bolts.
It works pretty well. I use a granite block and 80-150-220-320-600-2500 grit water sand paper.
I hope it can be useful for someone else as it is for me!

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 04:47 PM

Great Idea and a good build your always very creative and innovative Sergio.


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#2 posted 01-04-2013 05:47 PM

Very nicely done. Do you have a way to square the tool in the jig or just using a square?

-- Bryan

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 06:20 PM

Great innovation! Looks like it would be more stable than a lot of the commercially available jigs due to the wider stance on the bearing/wheels.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 06:21 PM

Good design and build Sergio. My first thought from the main photo was that it needed wheels and lo and behold, it did have!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 06:24 PM

BSmith: yes, I use a square. It is a little boring to set up, but once it is done you go trough the process quite quickly. As a hobbist, I don´t do a lot of sharpening all the time, otherwise I would go for the pro tools.
A1Jim: Thanks, I hope other LJ´s can make a better version of it :)
HillBill … I can not say, did not try a comercial version but this one is very stable.
Stefang: the only down side is that the bearings roll over the sand paper, I guess they will wear out sometime even being of a very hard steel

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 07:04 PM

This is wonderful – looks better than the cheap commercial one I use. I may have to “borrow” your idea!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 07:15 PM

This is great. I love the home made tools.

I like my store bought stuff too. But with a little ingenuity and a little tweaking here and there you can get the same results for a lot less $$$.

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 07:28 PM

thanks for sharing this
I have a veritas holder it has both isues as your bearings
will wear down overtime and if you are not carefull it will
roll down from the waterstones I use as sharpening media

if you make a little simple jiig to it you don´t have to use a sqaure
I gess you have a little board with the messurements on with the angles
then ad a little thin fence 90 degrre to the edge and its ready next time
you just place the holder as ususualy but with the iron holde against the fence too
before tightening

good job :-)


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#9 posted 01-04-2013 07:35 PM

Daily top 3 ??? I didn´t mean to make so much noise…. LOL
But I am glad that you liked it, somebody will came up with a better version very soon…

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 09:59 PM

Excelent Sergio!!!! Congratulations for daily top 3
I´need that too and think use your model. Have some plans? Measures?
Very very great job!!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#11 posted 01-04-2013 11:19 PM

Fala amigo, você por aqui! cara brilhante e criativa sua ideia parabéns.

-- Brazjuca guarapari Brasil. All worth it when the soul is not small. (Fernando Pessoa)

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#12 posted 01-04-2013 11:40 PM

Nice job! Now I want to make one :)

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#13 posted 01-05-2013 01:48 AM

that’s great,Im not buying no more jigs Im going “shadetree” I love it when peps are self sufficent great job so simplistic

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#14 posted 01-05-2013 02:53 AM

That’s a great little sharpening jig, I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#15 posted 01-05-2013 03:10 AM

We need some simple directions and patterns for this! GReat Idea.


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