What's the groups experience with honing guides for sharpening chisels
(bevel edge woodworkers chisels)? Also, what's the best way to ensure that
the chisel cutting edge will hone perpendicular to the side of the chisel?
Any recommendations for a specific vendor/type?
I've used the Veritas Mark II for some time now and it keeps the bevel
squared up pretty well if you're careful in your setup. Chisels
narrower than 1/4" are, however, difficult to get clamped down in this
On Sat, 28 Jun 2008 20:31:20 GMT, "Philly"
Some people here will tell you that getting a WorkSharp is the way to go
for honing chisels and plane irons. I can't argue with that, but I don't
have one. I hone all my iron with this:
and I cannot say enough about it. It's easy to use, once you've done a
few chisels. It's dead accurate and very repeatable. Once you've got
your edge that you want, there is an adjustment on the side of the jig
that allows you to add a microbevel.
There are a couple of limitations. No chisels narrow than 1/4" and I
don't see a way to hone curved carving tools. Once you get the tool,
you're tempted to get the attachments like skew and camber roller. I
also have the camber roller for plane irons.
Regardless, this jig has given me the edges I want on most of the tools
I own. Sharpening truly is a breeze. Hell, it's almost a joy.
You can make one from 2 pieces of wood for a few bucks. I can't find
the web page that describes it, but you use two pieces of wood, and
some t-nuts and screws - to make a wide wooden clamp to hold a blade
at a constant angle.
This is probably what you are talking about. I use one and it works
I have never used one, is this something I should have?
usually if it is a chisel that is really chipped ( like one used for
cutting metal and who knows what) I use a green stone on the tablesaw
( running at reduced speed) to give it a hollow grind, then keep it
sharp by hand honing.
I sometimes just fashion a simple jig to keep the blade angle close
Planes I just do by hand. figure 8's on the oilstone , or waterstone.
It's the way dad always did it, he was a skilled cabinetmaker, but I
am just a novice by comparison.
Of course some of the available tools have changed.
Iv'e done similar with the jointer blades. but I have hear of others
sending them in to be sharpened.this might make them last longer buy
not grinding excessively.
HI, I use the mark II also... I really stink at sharpening, and this
is the only way I can get a 1/2 decent edge. Don't get the cheap
honing guide for about 10$ - it sucks, Also, don't sharpen by hand,
unless you are really good at it, and practice a lot (I dcan never
keep my hand at the same angle)
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