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Posted on Jigs for sharpening tools on a bench grinder??

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 03:21 PM

I would discourage you from sharpening a plane iron on a bench grinder. I use my bench grinder to sharpen my lathe cutting tools and for a few other miscellaneous tasks but with plane irons or chisels I sharpen by hand. I think it is important to work on a flat surface and a bench grinder has a round surface.

If you are into power tools, the Woodsharp is an okay tool. I have one but I don’t use it much anymore. I use a water stone and a honing guide to hold the tool at just the right angle. There is also an inexpensive technique using sandpaper that is glued down to a super flat surface (plate of glass or slab of marble).

As an FYI, I use the woodsharp if I want to change the angle of the bevel but I always finish the job by hand.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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