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#1 posted 06-21-2013 04:27 AM

Update for George: I found a great bench grinder jig through They are also available at the Woodcraft stores. The manufacturer is Veritas. Their products are excellent quality. This particular jig is sturdy, hefty metal and works like a charm. Just google Veritas George.

On another note, if your plane iron bevel face is at the correct angle and is not too marred, then I would suggest you not take it to the grinder. Instead, hone a micro bevel a few degrees steeper on to the bevel edge. The very edge, say a 1/16th in, is really all you need on an iron. Then hone a 1 degree micro angle onto the straight back. A good way of doing this is to rest the rear of the iron on a 20 thousandth metal ruler and hone the tip of the back down. Hardly noticeable but very effective. ‘Save you a bunch of time and the results are excellent. I know it appears that I have contradicted myself but this last is more of an add-on. I assumed from your original comments that your bevel angle was trashed. So, if it isn’t, then leave it alone. You run the risk of losing your iron’s temper plus possibly running into a hornet’s nest.

Hope this helps.

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