Self-Centering Side Clamping Sharpening Honing Guide Jig for Chisels and Blades 107206
A lot of woodworkers sharpen freehand, but many have found that they can get a much better angle on straight edge tools if they use some type of guide. This side clamping honing guide is the most effective and cost-effective jig on the market for putting consistent bevels on chisels and plane blades. It is patterned after the 20th century Eclipse honing guide that is no longer in production.
It consists of 2 jaws that clamp a chisel or blade from both sides by turning and tightening this screw. It can clamp blades from 1/16” wide up to 2-5/8”. There is a set of beveled notches on the lower jaws which accept bevel edge chisels up to 1-1/8’ wide. The upper platform is for wider plane blades up to 2-5/8”. The inside edge of one set of jaws is straight, and one is curved. The curved edge is designed to clamp the chisel or blade in the center pressing the tool against the opposite straight jaw.
You set your desired angle by extending the tool difference distances from the body of the jig, the farther a tool projects the lower the sharpening angle and the shorter the higher the angle. The two most used angles and projections are cast in the body of the jig. For the lower jaw, set your projection to 30mm or 1.18 inches for 30 degrees bevel and 40 mm or 1.57 inches for 25 degrees, and for the upper jaw, set to 38 mm or 1.5 inches for 30 degrees and 50 mm or 1.56 inches for 25 degrees. Trying to set all these angles using a ruler can be frustrating and dangerous, you can make an angle set up block for all the common angles in one place and this will make setting angles much easier and more consistent. Once the desired angle is set, tighten the screw with a screwdriver to prevent any movement. Once a chisel is locked in the jaws, you’re ready to sharpen.
The narrow roller on the bottom is wide enough to keep a blade flat on a stone but allow you to camber and iron if desired. Place the jig with tool on your stone. Apply finger pressure at along the full edge of the tool to keep it straight or alternate pressure at each corner to create a slight camper or curve.
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