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#1 posted 11-28-2018 01:20 AM

This is focused on plane irons but I just use a smaller shop made jig for chisels, and the back of chisels are honed flat vs the variation on the ruler trick for irons. All the basic principals still apply. Hard to find a jig that always provides a square edge by just placing the chisel in it. Learn to take a a swipe or 2 and read the edge, and apply light pressure to get a square edge. A sharpie works well to show where contact is, and I use a small 12x lighted magnifier (review here) for inspection.

I tried the eclipse and general tool style jigs and have much better success with the shop made style.

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