From David Barron’s site
Nice home made idea but I think it would difficult keeping the chisel from sliding as you honed.
Yup, it hard to beat the cheapie honing guide. http://www.amazon.com/WoodRiver-Honing-Guide/dp/B0035Y439C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350745377&sr=8-2&keywords=honing+guide But it’s a cool old photo.
After watching Denab sharpening at the LN booth at WIA I realized that it takes me entirely too long to sharpen. I’ve been using the Veritas MK2 guide, which works pretty well, although I’m not 100% happy with the clamping. BUT it seems like I’m always needing to re-shape the bevel, which takes too long. Sometimes the edge is nicked (both planes I used this weekend!) and sometimes I have the angle set differently than the blade was originally ground at.
I need to figure this out. I’ve set a goal to “suck less at sharpening”
How is your abrasive film method working out?
We went on vacation this summer and I drug along all of my chisels and most of my plane blades. I used my Tormek to reshaped my primary bevels on every thing. Then I used my honing set up to hone everything.
Now, sharpening is really quick cuz I use the same set up to hone and I’ve not even turned on my Tormek. A lot of nights I drag the chisels I’ve been working with in the house and touch them up with the film and I’m ready to go after a few strokes.
Lesson learned for me. Once I get something tuned up on my set up, sharpening goes much faster and much better cuz I can repeat it.
Here’s what I use (yes it sounds a little complicated, but it works for me)
- Tormek for re-establishing primary once secondary get too big or I get a nick.
- Veritas MK2 guide for plane blades. I like the way it holds blades.
- Cheap Taiwanese guide for chisels with my preset board stops (cuz it faster).
- Film and glass plates for the evening sitting watchin’ the news or football game routine in the house.
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