Has anyone improved the Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide System?

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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 07-30-2017 08:18 PM 1325 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2017 08:18 PM

I’ve been successfully using the Mk.II for several years. I like this jig a lot. Sharpening and honing take quite a bit longer than free hand sharpening but I’m getting my chisel and plane irons really sharp with the Mk.II. I’m sure if I devoted the time and focus I could perfect the free hand method and save time. But, I’m very happy with the results I get and besides my to do list is already longer than my life. I’m prioritizing. My problem is the knurled thumb screws are small and as I’m getting older, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to really lock down the blades in a way that it won’t move during the sharpening process. Lately I’ve been using a pair of Chanel locks with plastic protectors over the jaws to tighten and loosen the clamp. It works ok but I would prefer a tool free solution. I’m not much of a mechanic or engineer but I’m thinking about a spade shaped thumb screw or a T bar/rod instead of the current knurled knobs something like that. Am I the only one with this issue? Has anyone solved this problem with something “off the shelf”?

-- Ken

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#1 posted 07-30-2017 09:42 PM

I find these 4-1/2 inch Crescent brand of channel lock style pliers from Home Depot work well for all sorts of small things like that. They will mar the knob without some thing like leather to protect it, but they do the job. Pretty cheap too.

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#2 posted 07-31-2017 03:15 PM

I use the Channellock pliers rather than Crescent. (trying to start Channellock vs Crescent drama because this board needs more drama :D )

The pliers I use have jaws made for grabbing round items. This gets the jig nice and tight.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#3 posted 07-31-2017 04:00 PM

It would seem to me that using pliers on these knobs could be a little problematic. Striping the threads would not be that hard. A while back Chris Schwarz mentioned a company that was making a leather wrench, the same principle as a strap wrench, for tightening brass knobs. It was so simple that you could make one yourself with a handle and piece of leather. Personally, I have found the making sure that I am tightening the knobs evenly with just my hand works pretty well.

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#4 posted 07-31-2017 05:17 PM

I made the one the Schwarz mentioned and it works great.

-- Sawdust Maker

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