The Cheapest Sharpening Tool Rest/Jig - Shop-made Grinder Tool Rest (Retired)

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Project by ChuckM posted 06-16-2013 05:16 PM 104828 views 53 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You can make a tool rest from scraps and a few bolts and wing nuts and use it to aid your sharpening chores (hollow grind for chisels and plane irons, for example, or removing nicks on their edges or even spindle gouge sharpening). I built one in 2005 and after serving me loyally for some 8 years, it was retired today on Father’s Day. In its place, the new Veritas tool rest (,43072,45938) will continue to offer me sharpening options. Every shop should have two or more sharpening systems.

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 05:45 PM

It looks very useful and easy to make. Thank you for sharing. This one goes on my favourite list.

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 06:52 PM

good idea, thx

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 09:04 PM

Nice and useful project.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 06-17-2013 01:30 AM

Been needing something like this. Thanks.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#5 posted 06-17-2015 09:19 PM

I was wondering have you come across the short coming in this jig, when using their sliding jig attachment if you have some older chisels that are shorter they won’t reach the stone because the handle bottoms out against the frame? I have been scouring the internet to find their “homemade” jigs mentioned in the instructions.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#6 posted 06-27-2015 09:42 PM

Hi Pat,

My bench chisels are the regular sizes and I have not come across the situation you described.


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#7 posted 02-05-2017 04:50 PM

Hi, do you know if you can use this jig for sharpening wood turning tools thanks

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#8 posted 01-08-2020 09:34 PM

Looks realy good, I intend to have a go tommrow, thanks for shearing.

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