The roller on my honing guide is stuck...Anyone had this happen to them?

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Forum topic by jtrz posted 03-16-2018 10:19 PM 1413 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2018 10:19 PM

I finally was able to beat this old plane iron into submission and got a good bevel on it, did a bit of sharpening on some 220 paper, then I moved to my coarse Arkansas, the finish line is in sight, and then the roller on my guide just decides to stop working as i start on the hard arkansas stone. I’m using the robert larson honing guide that only costs around $10 and it has never given me any problems before.

Has this happened to anyone else? And if it has, were you able to figure out a way to unfreeze the roller? There doesn’t appear to be anything blocking it or jammed around it. So I don’t know.

Any help, as always, would be super appreciated.


-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#1 posted 03-16-2018 11:45 PM

For $10 just buy a new one.

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#2 posted 03-17-2018 12:16 AM

Rollers on sharpening guides can all lock up, especially if using water to wash away scarf.
Have both the inexpensive Larson version, and Veritas MKII. Instructions on both recommend to put a drop of oil on roller bearing surface occasionally. I can usually feel when the roller needs some attention (before it locks up), as it stops rolling smoothly.
The Larson roller is really simple; metal donut on a rod. Should be able to clean it up easy.
Flush the roller assembly by spraying WD-40 into it to clean it out, wipe it down, then add a couple drops of medium weight oil to rod/roller gap. Medium weight oil slows the reentry of sharpening dust. Light weight oil like 3in1 works, you just have reapply little more often.
Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#3 posted 03-17-2018 12:41 AM

Yeah. I wiped it down, sprayed it with WD 40 and it seems to be back to normal now. I’ve been using mineral oil for sharpening and the roller gets it’s fair share indirectly. Will just have to keep an eye on it in the future.

Thanks for the info.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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